Tapio Wirkkala – A set of both sizes crystal art-object, model 3545 – Iittala Finland 1957 & 1958


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Two turned mold-blown crystal art-objects with spiraled cut lines. These art-objects are model 3545 in the oeuvre of Tapio Wirkkala. It was designed in 1953 and hand made by the craftsmen at the Iittala glassworks, Finland in 1957 & 1958.

The inspiration for this model – like most of Wirkkala’s designs – came from Nature. Like the “Cantharel” and “Boletus” – designed by Wirkkala in the same period – this model resembles a wild mushroom.

These art-objects were made between 1953 and 1960 in two sizes. This therefore is a complete set of both sizes. Both are marked and dated underneath the base in diamondpen.


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.


Signed in diamondpen underneath the base: Tapio Wirkkala – Iittala '57 (1957) & '58 (1958)


Iittala glassworks, Finland, 1957 & 1958


These art objects are in good vintage condition. Some minor scratches underneath the base consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips.


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 302


Largest size
Height 32 cm
Width 7.6 cm
Depth 6,9 cm
Weight 702 grams

Smallest size
Height 16 cm
Width 5,3 cm
Depth 4,8 cm
Weight 305 grams

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