Tapio Wirkkala

Product 3: Veneer products – vaneri vati (veneer bowl) and veneer sculptures (Kaksipäinen etana and Pyörre)
© Tapio Wirkkala
Producer: Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985)

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Economic field: Art and Design

Part of/ linked to greater unity/ why this product: Part of the Scandinavian art and craft and design concept of simple, useful and inspired by nature. Wood is the most traditional building material in Finland having a high symbolic value. Functionality has always played a great role in the Finnish design. It is regarded to have an added value over decorative styles.

Innovative aspect: veneer layering, 3D carving and bending of wood. Playing with surface effects. Combining design and art

Information about the product:
- Period the item is from
- Usage:
- History : Wirkkala was originally a sculptor. He considered art and design as a same thing with same philosophy, and even names of products. The sculptures here function to explain this dimension
The bowl:
- Period: 1954
- Usage: fruit etc bowl
- Histoire: 3 Grand Prix price, Milano 1954. The bowl can be found at the collections of Tapio Wirkkala and Rut Bryk foundation

Knowhow, skills, working methods used: Veneer layering, 3D carving and bending of wood (veneer)
Bowl: laminated birch bowl 1954