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.

Arabia pieni tarjoilukulho, Emilia. Design: Raija Uosikkinen. Vuosi, 1950-luku. Korkeus 5cm, halkaisija 14,5cm. | Astiataivas.fi - Vanhojen astioiden ystävien löytöpaikka

black and white - small bowl - Arabia, 'Emilia' Design - Raija Uosikkinen

Tapio Wirkkala, Avena vase for Iittala, 1970. I have this vase in my Finnish glassware when I got married in 1977.

Tapio Wirkkala, Avena vase for Iittala, I have this vase in my Finnish glassware when I got married in

Nanny Still: Grapponia

Nanny Still: Grapponia. How I felt all those small balls under my fingers.

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