Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

Wall Panel Designed by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1950s



Veneer wood relief. Note: Only one panel is currently available. It is the panel to the far right in the first image. Measures: H 125 cm/ 4' 1 1/2" W 63 cm/ 2' 1 1/8" each panel.


  • Creator
    Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 49.22 in. (125 cm)Width: 24.81 in. (63 cm)Depth: 1.58 in. (4 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Stockholm, SE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1006614331572

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days 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.

Find vintage Tapio Wirkkala furniture on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
Located in Stockholm, Sweden
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 1998
1stDibs seller since 2013
141 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 8 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Brutalist Wall Mounted Decoration, Metal Sculpture circa 1950s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Brutalist Wall Mounted Decoration, Metal, ca. 1950`s. Painted Metall, Copper and Brass,

Vintage 1950s Unknown Brutalist Wall-mounted Sculptures


Metal, Brass, Copper

1960s Finnish Cast Iron Plaque by Michael Schilikin for Arabia
By Arabia
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A cast iron plaque, "See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil". Signed.

Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures



1960s Ceramic Wall Art by Lee Rosen for Design Technics
By Lee Rosen, Design Technics
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A unique constructivist artwork, comprised of an asymmetrical arrangement of black, white, grey and red-orange ceramic tiles of varying shapes and thicknesses.

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures


Ceramic, Wood

Shape Wall Art by Cauv Design Sheet Metal with Patina Steel Concrete
By Joseph Cauvel of CAUV Design
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A 3/5 foot piece of wall art comprised of sheet steel, patina steel, perforated steel and concrete. Joseph offers his version of a canvas with this stunning piece of hand worked, bla...

2010s American Decorative Art


Metal, Sheet Metal

Copper Panel Wall Sculpture Signed with Jung 78, Germany, 1970s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Copper panel wall sculpture signed with JUNG 78. Very good condition. Worldwide shipping.

Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art


Metal, Copper

Morphogen Panel
By John Brevard
Located in Coral Gables, FL
This stunning wall panel is made of aluminum magnesium alloy. The panel is part of our morphogen series; composed of organic shapes which are morphogenic in nature, abstract, pulled,...

2010s North American Organic Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures



Morphogen Panel
$26,000 / item
'Boucliers' Pair of Decorative Turned Wood Panels by Eric Thévenot
By Eric Thevenot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
'Boucliers', a pair of decorative turned wood panels by Eric Thévenot. Unique piece, signed and dated 2012. Patinated steel edges.

21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Wall-mounted Sculp...



Abstract Ceramic Tile Wall Decoration by J Nolf
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful 1950s abstract tile wall decoration by Jan Nolf (1931-1999) Belgium. This has been a table top.

Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art


Brass, Copper

Figural Ceramic Wall Panel by Jean De Lespinasse 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Ceramic wall art by Jean De Lespinasse, 1950s-1960s Dimensions ceramics artwork without frame. Width 62 cm, height 41 cm. Dimensions with frame. Width 83 cm, height 62 cm, depth 2 cm.

Mid-20th Century European Hollywood Regency Decorative Art



Metal Wall Plaques of Stylized Wine Bottles By Sexton
By Sexton
Located in Hingham, MA
1950's wall plaques made of colorfully enameled cast metal in form of stylized wine bottles. Various configurations possible as some are singles while others are doubles and triples...

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures



Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery