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Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

Finnish, 1915-1985
Finnish, 1915-1985

Along with architect Alvar Aalto, the designer Tapio Wirkkala was Finland’s leading contributor to the Scandinavian interpretation of modernism in the mid-20th century. Prolific and innovative, Wirkkala excelled in a wide range of fields, including glass, furniture, porcelain, jewelry and tableware. The hallmark of his talent was an ability to impart a craft aesthetic based on natural forms — leaves, ice, bubbles, birds — to industrially produced designs.

A native of Helsinki, Wirkkala studied at the national School of Applied Arts and took up a career in graphic design. After serving in the Finnish army during World War II, he joined the glassmaking firm Iittala, an association that would continue to the end of his life. Wirkkala learned every aspect of glassmaking in keeping with his belief that an artist-designer should be involved in all stages of production. His best-known works for Iittala are vases and drinking vessels that resemble either carved ice or icicles. In 1956, Wirkkala began a long relationship with the porcelain maker Rosenthal, for whom he designed elegant table pieces, such as the Finlandia coffee service and the biomorphic Pollo vases. 

House Beautiful magazine declared Wirkkala’s Leaf platter the “most beautiful object” of 1951. (The acclaim led to his brief employment stint with industrial designer Raymond Loewy in New York.) That platter was one of the first designs Wirkkala made using laminated sheets of plywood sanded to a smooth surface that resembles an abstract leaf. It would go on to become a motif in many Wirkkala furniture pieces — most notably in inlaid coffee tables for Asko — and in a sense these are the works most emblematic of his personal aesthetic. Wirkkala was a traditionalist in many ways, but he had a modernist’s practical approach, incorporating his leaf-like spirals into simple, functional objects. That is the core attraction of Wirkkala’s designs: They stand out with a striking, sculptural energy yet blend in as part of a warm and comfortable decor.

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Tapio Wirkkala Model K10-11 Floor / Table Lamp, Made by Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Paavo Tynell
Located in London, GB
Tapio Wirkkala Model K10-11 Floor / Table Lamp, made by Idman, Finland in the 1950s. Brass and painted metal. Height if the lamp is adjustable - can be used as a floor or a table lam...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Tapio Wirkkala Wall Sconces
By Venini, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Chicago, IL
Wirkkala "arcadia" wall sconces, monumental is size and stature. Made of multiple hand blown Venini art glass, shades hangs on steel frame with up and down lights.  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Steel

1950s White Metal Shade and Brass Table Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala, Paavo Tynell, Idman
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Table lamp, white metal shade and brass stem, Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1958. Subtle table lamp in white lacquered metal shade and brass stem with details in leather by Tapio Wirkk...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Brass and Metal Table or Wall Lamp for Itsu, Finland, 1950s
By Itsu, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Tapio Wirkkala table or wall lamp for Itsu. The lamp is made of a black lacquered metal base with a perforated brass shade. The lamp rests on a brass ball with ring, which can also...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Unusual Floor Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Such an unusual example of Tapio Wirkkala's coveted lighting. This model has an adjustable light source which is controlled by a sliding bar on the lamp head. Highly adjustabl...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Tapio Wirkkala, Satin Finished, Opalescent Glass Pendant, Idman / Ittala, 1960s
By Idman, Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala - Satin finished, opalescent glass pendant - Idman / Ittala, 1960s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wir...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pendant Lamp "K2-147" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Idman, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-147" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finalnd by Idman and Ittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown green or grey glass. Signed a...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Pendant Lamp "K2-141" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Idman, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-141" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finland by Idman and Ittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown blue glass. Signed and labele...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Table Lamp Model KD-11 by Idman in Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare table lamp / wall lamp model KD-11 Tapio Wirkkala. Produced by Idman in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass

Large Quantity Old Stock by Tapio Wirkkala 4617 Pendants, Iittala, Finland 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Old stock pendant lamps designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. White inner shade with stone grey outer glass shade. Perfect condition. We have a large quantity of various models o...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

1960s Tapio Wirkkala Pendants for Idman
By Idman and Airam, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s Tapio Wirkkala pendants for Idman, executed in black painted metal and rare blown-glass architectural bulbs. Retains original manufacturer's label and rare original boxes for a...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Table Lamps, Finland, 1960s
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Den Haag, NL
Two beautiful table lamps. Design by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman, Finland, 1960s. Petrol blue metal cylinder base comes with polished steel feet. Completely original.
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pendant Lamp "K2-136" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-136" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finland by Idman and Iittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown green/grey glass. Signed and...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

Materials

Metal

Cascading Chandalier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Cascading chandalier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland Pendant heights can be adjusted.
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20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Extraordinarry Glass Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala, 1960s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Very rare glass pendant lamp by Tapio Wirkkala. It has two glass shades, one white glass shade in the amber glass shade. Height of shade: 37 cm Max Height: 100 cm The fixt...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Ten-Tier Cascading Chandelier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in South Charleston, WV
A rare and monumental ten-tier pendant cascading chandelier by Finnish master designer Tapio Wirkkala, produced by Oy Airam AB of Finland with cased opaline glass shades. Some design...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Original Old Idman Oy Ceiling Lamps Pendants by Tapio Wirkkala
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Berlin, DE
A pair of original ceiling lamps designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Idman in 1960 in Finland. Both lamps are in a great condition without any damages and will come with orig...
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20th Century Finnish Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Tapio Wirkkala Hanging Teak Lamp with Red Vistosi Glass Shade, 1950s
By Vistosi, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Scandinavian Modern Tapio Wirkkala Teak hanging pendant with red glass Vistosi shade. Featuring a suspended turned teak rod supporting a rounded, angular Tomato Red glass Vistosi sha...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass, Teak

Two Beautiful Glass ‘Suomi’ Pendants by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Echt, NL
Set of Tapio Wirkkala ‘Suomi’ pendants in very good condition. Handblown glass. Made of two pieces, an opaline inner shade which is covered with a transparent grey colored glass sh...
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Tapio Wirkkala hanging lamps for IDMAN
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A nice hanging lamp by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman. Copper cylinders hold Tapio Wirkkala designed bulbs . Three-armed ceiling cap allows for adjustable heights.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Copper, Metal

1950s Finnish Adjustable Floor Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman Oy
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon Scandinavian brass and painted aluminum floor lamp with a cylindrical teak finial, cast-iron base, and an adjustable arm with a pivoting shade.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

Materials

Iron, Aluminum

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By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman Oy
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1960s, Red Copper and Teak Chandelier Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman
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Tapio Wirkkala Lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

The Tapio Wirkkala Lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Tapio Wirkkala lighting there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original lighting by Tapio Wirkkala were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional lighting options, many customers also consider Yki Nummi, Orno Oy and Gunnel Nyman. Tapio Wirkkala Lighting prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,500 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $4,699.