Tapio Wirkkala - Nordic Design London Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), no. 266, January 1952, p. 44 for a similar pierced example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Thanks to the success Wirkkala obtained at the 1951, 1954 and 1957 edition of the Milan Triennale, Finnish applied arts acquired new attention from the international audience. During these years Wirkkala received no less than three Grand Prix, for architecture, glassware designs and woodcarving. As per Wirkkala’s own words: "I went to the Triennale without any drawings, just a few pine panels and sheets of glass. According to a Finnish saying, ‘plain and simple is better than fancy but tasteless. My solution was the simplest possible".


Rare 'Leaf' dish

circa 1951
Laminated birch plywood.
3.8 x 19.1 x 34.9 cm (1 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)
Produced by Soinne & Kni, Finland. Underside incised with W.

£25,000 - 30,000 

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London 24 September 2014 6pm