Tapio Wirkkala vase 3511 Iittala Finland 1955

Tapio Wirkkala vase 3511 Iittala Finland 1955

Code: G092


H: 22.2cm (8.7")


A design classic! Designed in 1950 and in production by Iittala until 1960 this vase, with its subtle etched lines and biomorphic shape, is the epitome of the simple elegance of Scandinavian glass design by one of its leading designers from Finland Tapio Wirkkala. The vase is numbered 3511 and is signed and dated on the base for 1955.

The vase is in exellent used condition. This is a museum quality piece.

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Tapio Wirkkala (1915-85) was one of the greatest designers of the twentieth century. The glass designs he produced in the late 1940s and early 1950s especially are some of the finest examples of modernist design to be found anywhere and not just in Finland which was pioneering in the style. Inspired by nature, many of his pieces make reference to organic natural forms or to ice from the Finnish landscape. He first came to prominence at the Milan Triannale in 1951 where he won three Grand Prix in glass, wood and painting. As well as designing in glass and wood he produced works in silver and also designed jewellery and ceramics. His work is held in museums and collections worldwide.