Marked in diamondpen on the rim: Tapio Wirkkala 3320
Iittala glassworks, Finland, between 1966 and 1969
This object is in good vintage condition, some scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips. The rim is slightly asymmetrical. One side is slightly higher than the other.
Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 314
Height 5.2 cm
Tapio Wirkkala – A Neosin coloured glass art-object / dish, Model 3320 – Iittala, Finland circa 1967
A turned-mold blown, art-object / dish, model 3320. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1966 and executed by the Iittala glassworks in Neosin coloured glass between 1966 and 1969.
Neosin glass has a remarkable property in that it is both blue and pink, depending on the angle and type of lighting. Iittala glassworks only used Neosin glass between 1966 and 1969.
This art object is model 3320 in the oeuvre of the Finnish master and was released in serial production in two sizes, namely 12,5 and 22,5 cm in diameter. This being a largest sized example.
About Tapio Wirkkala
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. Neosin Neosin
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.