Tapio Wirkkala - Eye, Hand and Thought

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Tapio Wirkkala - Eye, Hand and Thought fa luce su uno dei designer finlandesi più originali e di successo, Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985). Wirkkala aveva un senso del materiale e della forma eccezionale e oltre a lavorare con il vetro lavorò con altri materiali tra cui il legno, il metallo e la ceramica. Il libro presenta un catalogo completo delle opere di Wirkkala con centinata di fotografie a colori e in bianco e nero e gli interessanti articoli raccontano le storie che si trovano dietro gli oggetti. Uscito per la prima volta nel 2000, il libro è stato curato da Marianne Aav e pubblicato dal Museo del Design di Helsinki e WSOY.

Tapio Wirkkala is the symbolic figure of Finnish design. He was an artist of exceptional diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. His works ranged in size from postage stamps to future cities, from salmon-flies to earthwork monuments.

In his work, contrasting materials were imbued with the incontestable forms found in natural phenomena. An object achieves perfection through the unity of thought and material, idea and realisation, form and purpose. For Wirkkala, the form of an object was not just an aesthetic goal or intellectual perception, but the outcome of a dialogue between hand, eye and material:

"All materials have their own unwritten laws... You should never be violent with the material you’re working on, and the designer should aim at being in harmony with his material."

The idioms in Wirkkala's objects are normally derived from nature, sometimes from the shape of a leaf, ridge, whirlpool or seashell, sometimes the shape of a bird. Most often the natural essence is so deeply buried that its origin can no longer be recognised or explained in words, almost as though he had cast a poetic spell over his works.

Tapio Wirkkala combined craftsmanship with industrial mass production, artistic form with anonymous series, rustic simplicity with cosmopolitan elegance, emotion with perception, playful experimentation with responsibility. His objects exhibit both a sculptural concept of form and a studied scientific utility, simultaneously unique and bound to tradition.

Although Wirkkala's artworks and objects are to be found in the world's leading museums, Finns have used his anonymous utility objects for decades. As his name is normally associated with luxurious decorative objects, few know that he also designed the everyday banknotes, ketchup, beer and vodka bottles.

Tapio Wirkkala also worked abroad, in particular in Italy, Germany and Mexico. His modesty, industry and professional skill overcome all language and other barriers, whether working with traditional Murano glassblowers or Mexican silversmiths.

Marianne Aav
Rauno Träskelin
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27,5 x 23 cm