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Tapio Wirkkala

1915 – 1985

Tapio Veli Ilmari Wirkkala (1915 – 1985) sculptor and designer was a major figure of mid century Scandinavian Design.

Tapio Wirkkala
Porcelain wall decoration by Tapio Wirkkala - annual limited edition 1971 for Rosenthal Germany - 01

Porcelain wall decoration

by Tapio Wirkkala

Image by Ludovic Vandenweghe for

Tapio is well known for his of design of glass (Venini, Iitala), jewelry, cutlery, wood carving and stone carving.

“All materials have their own, unwritten law, one should never be violent with a material one is working on. The designer should aim at being in harmony with the material he chooses.”

Tapio Wirkkala Finland
Tapio Wirkkala

He also designed Finnish banknotes and the bottle for the Vodka of the company “Finlandia”.