Tapio Wirkkala – A crystal art-object “Tokio”, model 3577 – Iittala Finland 1954



Mold formed, hot cut crystal art-object “Tokio”, model 3576. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1954.

The airbubble was created by sticking a wet wooden stick into the hot glass. The water on the wood evaporated and created the bubble.

This art-object was introduced during the Milan Triennale in 1954 and was produced in two sizes (14 cm and 17,5 cm) by the Finish glassworks Iittala between 1954 and 1960.

This particular “Tokio” was produced in 1954 and therefore is a rare piece made in the first year it was produced.



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.


Marked in diamond-pen: Tapio Wirkkala Iittala '54 (1954)


Iittala, Finland circa 1954


This art object is in good overall condition. No cracks or chips. Some minor scratches within the bubble on the side and underneath the base.


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 273 (illustrated), p. 304


Height 14.2 cm
Width 7.2 cm
Depth 6.4 cm
Weight 1035 grams

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