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Duo by Tapio Wirkkala – silver-plated metal flatware set for 12 people – Christofle


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Artist: Tapio Wirkkala  Manufacturer: Christofle
Period: 1950-1959 You should know: Very good condition.
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About Duo by Tapio Wirkkala for Christofle

Designed in 1957 by Tapio Wirkkala, the “Duo” flatware set is made of silver-plated metal. It is part of the “Formes Nouvelles” (“New Shapes”) range imagined by the well-known Parisian silversmith Christofle.

The flatware set consists of 121 pieces for 12 people:

12 dinner forks
12 dinner knives
12 dinner spoons
12 fish forks
12 fish knives
12 starter forks
12 starter knives
12 dessert forks
12 coffee spoons
6 mocha spoons
2 salad servers
2 vegetables servers
1 ladle
1 cake server
1 sugar tong

Since 1830, Christofle creates outstanding culinary art. The house produces its items by hand thanks to traditional techniques.

This “Duo” flatware set represents Christofle’s famous “Formes Nouvelles” range. It was invented by the Finnish sculptor, glass blower and designer Tapio Wirkkala, whose works mostly represents nature’s contours.
Even though he’s best known for his furniture and glass pieces, the artist created multiple everyday objects. During his career, Wirkkala designed glass pieces for Venini and porcelain for Rosenthal. His first designs were characterised by their functional beauty taken from Finnish “Functionalism”.

Tapio Wirkkala’s work is now exhibited in the most considerable collections around the world. Let us mention the selection of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, for example, or the Museum of Modern Art’s and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ones, both in New York, but also the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection in London.

Photo composed of Hermes plates (not for sale) and "Space age" crystal drinking glasses by Joe Colombo