Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a Finnish designer and sculptor, a major figure of post-war design. The range of his work was immense, from plastic ketchup bottles and metalware to glass, ceramics and plywood in a range of styles to graphic art including the design of Finland's banknotes in 1955 to stoneware, jewelry, and furniture for mass production to individual sculptures in several media. Wirkkala earned honors in numerous international exhibitions.

Tapio Wirkkala was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art.

Tapio Wirkkala; Mold-Blown Glass Vase, 1950s.

Tapio Wirkkala; Mold-Blown Glass Vase, 1950s.

Tapio Wirkkala, fINLAND 1915-1985, vas, "Tuonelan virta", Iittala, Finland

Tapio Wirkkala, fINLAND 1915-1985, vas, "Tuonelan virta", Iittala, Finland

Markku Salo, Jano 1997

Markku Salo, Jano 1997

Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Design Iittala Niva Decanter / by foxbride

Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Design Iittala Niva Decanter / by foxbride

Kapteenin lasisto: karahvi - Wirkkala, Tapio

Kapteenin lasisto: karahvi - Wirkkala, Tapio

Riihimaki/Riihimaen Lasi Oy vase by Tamara Aladin, Space Age 1960s-70s

Riihimaki/Riihimaen Lasi Oy vase by Tamara Aladin, Space Age

Georg Jensen ALFREDO carafe 1L, glass

Alfredo Glass Carafe Alfredo Häberli The Alfredo carafe is elegantly shaped in glass and has a stopper crafted in oak that doubles as a spin.

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