Tapio Wirkkala – Crystal Art-Object with sodium bubbles, model 3242 – Iittala, Finland circa 1948



Mold blown, crystal Art-object with sodium bubbles, model 3242. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1948. This model was only produced for two years, namely 1948 or 1949 by the craftsmen at the Iittala glassworks in Finland.

The glassmass was blown in a special mold after which it was formed in the final shape while still hot. The bubbles in the glass were created by adding sodium into the glassmass. These particals would chemically react and form bubbles.



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 underneath the base: Tapio Wirkkala – Iittala


Iittala, Finland circa 1948


Good overall condition, minor wear consistent of age and use


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 395


Height 14.1 cm.
Diameter 8.57 cm
Weight 910 grams

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