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Tapio Wirkkala Coffee Table in Birch

$7,450

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Tapio Wirkkala for Asko, cocktail table in Birchwood and metal, Finland, 1960s. Coffee table with wooden inlay ornaments designed by Tapio Wirkala. The table is produced by Asko. This coffee table is one of Wirkkala's iconic furniture designs. Made with three oval shaped wood inlays with annual rings. The tabletop lays on a black steel frame. Wirkkala (1915-1985) was not only a furniture designer but a sculptor too, and he was one of the major figures of post-war design in Finland. He made home ware such as glassware and ceramics. One of his trademarks is his incorporation of Finnish flora and fauna in his design.

Details

  • Creator
    Asko (Manufacturer),Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)Width: 48.82 in. (124 cm)Depth: 24.41 in. (62 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration requests can be done. We guarantee a very high quality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450087191stDibs: LU933120457792

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    $1,135 Front Door Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)

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
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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2007, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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