Tapio Wirkkala - Glass art-object "Kuvaputki", model 0575 - Iittala Finland 1978

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Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored.

A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck.

With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture.

The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960.


Cast, side cut glass Art-object / Sculpture "Kuvaputki", model 0575. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for the Valcon Company in 1978 and executed by iittala in a limited edition in the same year.

This sculpture was presented as a inauguration gift to dignatories invited at the opening of the Vascon Television Tube factory in august 1978. The object itself is an abstracted depiction of such a television tube.

This object is signed on the reverse in diamondpen: TW (Tapio Wirkkala) Iittala


Price including VAT: Sold


Iittala glassworks, Finland 1978


This art-object is in good condition, some minor scratches consistent with age and use.


Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 327


TW (Tapio Wirkkala) Iittala in diamondpen on the reverse.


H. 10.2 cm

W. 8.7 cm

D. 6 cm

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