Tapio Wirkkala molded crystal, line cut, Tatti, 3561, 3545, Tuonelan Virta

Tapio Wirkkala

Vases molded cristal, line cut, model Tatti, 1954

Vase Tuonelan virta, 1951

Vase 3561, 1954

Vase 3545, 1953

Vases model Tatti, 1954

Finland 

"Material always entails opportunities - it is as if it urges one to create something out of it."

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) is an important figure in modern Finish art. He was a reclusive man who valued his solitude, and drew much of his inspiration from nature. He was a multifaceted design genius, able to move fluidly through different mediums of expression such as sculpture, glass, furniture, product design, city planning, art, design, and even the creation of banknotes for the Finnish treasury. His works have been exhibited around the world, and he received numerous awards throughout his career including the Lunning Prize, the Pro Finlanda Medal, the Prince Eugen Medal and three gold medals at the Milan Triennale.