Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Tapio Wirkkala Iittala Finnish Modernist Kanttarelli Vase

$895

About

Iittala Kanttarelli vase designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Vase measures 5" by 4.5" and is signed on the bottom Tapio Wirkkala, Iitala. In very good vintage condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Diameter: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    Pasadena, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1046612933111

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Pasadena, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Tapio Wirkkala

Along with architect Alvar Aalto, the designer Tapio Wirkkala was Finland’s leading contributor to the Scandinavian interpretation of modernism in the mid-20th century. Prolific and innovative, Wirkkala excelled in a wide range of fields, including glass, furniture, porcelain, jewelry and tableware. The hallmark of his talent was an ability to impart a craft aesthetic based on natural forms — leaves, ice, bubbles, birds — to industrially produced designs. A native of Helsinki, Wirkkala studied at the national School of Applied Arts and took up a career in graphic design. After serving in the Finnish army during World War II, he joined the glassmaking firm Iittala, an association that would continue to the end of his life. Wirkkala learned every aspect of glassmaking in keeping with his belief that an artist-designer should be involved in all stages of production. His best-known works for Iittala are vases and drinking vessels that resemble either carved ice or icicles. In 1956, Wirkkala began a long relationship with the porcelain maker Rosenthal, for whom he designed elegant table pieces, such as the Finlandia coffee service and the biomorphic Pollo vases. House Beautiful magazine declared Wirkkala’s Leaf platter the “most beautiful object” of 1951. (The acclaim led to his brief employment stint with industrial designer Raymond Loewy in New York.) That platter was one of the first designs Wirkkala made using laminated sheets of plywood sanded to a smooth surface that resembles an abstract leaf. It would go on to become a motif in many Wirkkala furniture pieces — most notably in inlaid coffee tables for Asko — and in a sense these are the works most emblematic of his personal aesthetic. Wirkkala was a traditionalist in many ways, but he had a modernist’s practical approach, incorporating his leaf-like spirals into simple, functional objects. That is the core attraction of Wirkkala’s designs: They stand out with a striking, sculptural energy yet blend in as part of a warm and comfortable decor.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Pasadena, CA
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 1999
1stDibs seller since 2014
163 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Finnish Glass 1950s Vase by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful hand blown glass vase by Tapio Wirkkala. Twisted form with a flow of air bubbles caught inside. Striking appearance of movement, like a current.
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Vase ‘Kantarelli’ Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Finland, 1952-56
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase ‘Kantarelli’ designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Finland, 1952-1956. Wheel-engraved glass.
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Tapio Wirkkala Vase 3581 Iittala Finland 1959
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Vase by Tapio Wirkkala. Turned mould blown cased glass, rim cut. Signed Tapio Wirkkala - 3581 Edited by Iittala, circa 1960 Documented in the book "Tapio Wirkkala A Poet in Glas...
Category

Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Tapio Wirkkala, Crystal Art-Object, Model 3234, Iittala Finland, circa 1948
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala - Crystal Art-object, Model 3234 - Iittala Finland, circa 1948 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkal...
Category

Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Crystal

Tapio Wirkkala, Three Mold-Blown Crystal Art-Objects, Iittala, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, Three mold-blown Crystal Art-objects, Iittala, Finland, 1950s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkal...
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Tapio Wirkkala, Crystal Art-Object "Tokio", Model 3577, Iittala, Finland, 1954
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, crystal art-object "Tokio", model 3577, Iittala, Finland, 1954 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkka...
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala Art Glass Vase, 1960s, Beautiful Finnish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala art glass vase, 1960s. Beautiful Finnish design. In perfect condition. Measures: 17.5 cm x 7.2 cm. Signed.  
Category

Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala Art Glass Vase, 1960s, Beautiful Finnish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala art glass vase, 1960s. Beautiful Finnish design. In perfect condition. Measures: 17.5 cm x 7.2 cm. Signed.
Category

Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery