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Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

Tapio Wirkkala (Finland, 1915–85)
Tapio Wirkkala (Finland, 1915–85)

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 2 Coffee Sets Copper and Silver
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala 2 Coffee sets Copper and Silver Including total 8 pieces. Hopeakeskus Oy Hämeenlinna Finland. Rare. TAPIO WIRKKALA, COFFEE FURNITURE, 8 parts, copper and teak, TW 163/...
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Late 20th Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver, Copper

Rare Silver 830 and Teak Finland 1976 Tapio Wirkkala Tobacco Cigar Box
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1970s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy 1967 Finland Sterling Silver Flame Vase
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1960s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

Sterling 916H Silver 1959 Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy TW 2 Tulip Vase
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1950s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

813H Silver 1971 Finland Tapio Wirkkala Moon Hopeakuu Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1970s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

925H Sterling Finland 1974 Tapio Wirkkala Silver Moon Hopeakuu Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1970s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

925H Silver Finland 1971 Tapio Wirkkala Silver Moon Hopeakuu Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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Silver Finland 1975 Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Apple Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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1970s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

Silver Tapio Wirkkala Vases 3pcs.
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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Tapio Wirkkala Silver Candlesticks 4pcs
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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Late 20th Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

830H Silver Finland Tapio Wirkkala TW 284 Candleholder
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
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Silver “Omena” Necklace by Tapio Wirkkala for Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1975
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Stockholm, SE
Enchanting silver pendant by Tapio Wirkkala, named “Omena” (“Apple”). Hand hammered silver sheets surround a central silver oval. Great execution. Dimensions: Width 7.2 cm (pendant)...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Sterling Silver Apple Pendant Designed by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in London, GB
Large size Sterling silver hand hammered "Omena"apple pendant designed by Tapio Wirkkala made by Kultakeskus Oy Finland c.1972 Please note this is the large version
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver, Sterling Silver

1960s Tapio Wirkkala Handmade Diamond Gold "Sunflower" Brooch
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala "Sunflower" brooch manufactured by Kultakeskus Oy. Material: 18-carat gold (purity level 750) 19 pieces brilliant cut diamonds (total weight 0.76 carat) Hämeen...
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1960s Artist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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White Diamond, 18k Gold

Early Tapio Wirkkala "Puillikuu" Sterling Silver Necklace, 1972
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala "Puilikuu" necklace Finland, ca 1972 (early example and not a reproduction) Sterling silver, metal Produced by N Westerback, Finland Impressed with "NW", sil...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

1862 333333Rare Pendant-Necklace "Cow's Head" ("Lehmän Pää"), Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Rare pendant-necklace "Cow´s Head" (Finnish transl."Lehmän Pää") by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala. Helsinki, Finland ca. 1971 Designed in 1966 and made to order by jewelry ...
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1970s Artist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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14k Gold

Early Tapio Wirkkala Sterling Silver Omena Apple Pendant, 1975
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala, sterling silver pendant. Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1975. Model was originally designed in 1972. Hand made with hand hammered sterling silver. Impressed wit...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

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Artist 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 ...
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