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Tapio Wirkkala, Neosin Glass Art-Object / Dish, Model 3320, Iittala, circa 1967

$318.38

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Tapio Wirkkala, Neosin glass art-object / dish, Model 3320, Iittala circa 1967 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to Industrial Design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture. The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960. Description A turned-mold blown, art-object / dish, model 3320. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1966 and executed by the Iittala glassworks in Neosin coloured glass between 1966 and 1969. Neosin glass has a remarkable property in that it is both blue and pink, depending on the angle and type of lighting. Iittala glassworks only used Neosin glass between 1966 and 1969. This art object is model 3320 in the oeuvre of the Finnish master and was released in serial production in two sizes, namely 12,5 cm and 22,5 cm in diameter. This being a largest sized example. Condition This object is in good vintage condition, some  scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips. The rim is slightly asymmetrical. One side is slightly higher than the other. Marked Marked in diamondpen on the rim: Tapio Wirkkala 3320 Literature Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 314 Dimensions Height. 5.2 cm Diameter. 22.5 cm Weight 2734 grams Shipping Complimentary world wide shipping.

Details

  • Creator
    Tapio Wirkkala (Artist),Iittala (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2.05 in (5.2 cm)Diameter: 8.86 in (22.5 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1967
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This object is in good vintage condition, some scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips. The rim is slightly asymmetrical. One side is slightly higher than the other.
  • Seller Location
    EL Waalre, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5141229756542

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About the Artist

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.

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