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Tapio Wirkkala "K10-47" Floor Lamp for Idman Oy, Finland 1960s

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Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art. This lamp model is one of the cornerstones of Tapio Wirkkala´s repertoire; this groundbreaking piece is one of the original adjustable lamps with angular opal light bulbs that launched a series of lamps with different designs, that were in production for 30 years from the late 1950s until the late 1970s. This specific model is very hard to come by, truly a holy grail for any collector and design aficionado. The structure shows Wirkkala’s genius in every line, joint, and idea. Showing the designer’s great consideration for functionality besides the aesthetic dimension, the height, width, and depth are all adjustable in different directions. This is the result of the ingenious ball joint on the brass pole that ends in a teak handle. Besides the unique structural solutions, the design also features a versatile medley of shapes and materials with a black lacquered cast iron base, brass poles, and a black lacquered metal shade. While the structure, with its dual brass poles is similar to the “crane” model, there are a number of details that make this lamp even more distinctive, starting with the lightbulb. It was designed by Tapio Wirkkala himself and is still in production. Its unique shape adds to the inherently modernistic look of this mode. The designer’s sticker can be found on the shade. Idman Oy produced the models of some of the most renowned Finnish lighting designers of the time, including Tapio Wirkkala, Mauri Almari and Maria Lindeman. Wirkkala's present “K10-47” floor lamp remains an enduring emblem of Finnish design history, celebrated for its unique solutions and elemental style. Its ability to harmonize with diverse aesthetics while providing efficient lighting makes it a coveted and iconic piece, attesting to the enduring appeal of Finnish mid-century lighting design. Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The brass has a beautiful patina. Dimensions: 17.32 in W (lamp stand is adjustable) x 5.51 in D x 46.25 in H 44 cm W (lamp stand is adjustable) x 14 cm D x 117.5 cm H
  • Creator:
    Idman Oy (Manufacturer),Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 46.26 in (117.5 cm)Width: 17.33 in (44 cm)Depth: 5.52 in (14 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1960s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. The brass has a beautiful patina.
  • Seller Location:
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 202317711stDibs: LU2947336456722
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