Tapio Wirkkala - Largest size crystal art-object "Kantarelli", model 3280 - Iittala Finland 1956
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.
Crystal turned mold-blown, line cut Art object “Kantarelli”, model 3280. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1946 and executed by the Iittala glassworks, Finland in 1956.
This object has been in production between 1948 and 1960 and 1981 onward in numbered series. This particular Kanterelli is the largest size made, measuring 21 cm in height.
For his Kantarelli designs, Tapio Wirkkala was awarded a “Grand Prix” on the 9th Triennale di Milano, 1951.
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Marked in diamond-pen: Tapio Wirkkala Iittala ’56 (1956)