Set of Three Wall Panels Designed by Tapio Wirkkala

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Tapio Wirkkala for Asko, set of three wall panels, birch, plywood, Finland, 1950s

Finnish designer Wirkkala, who is known for his great craftsmanship and knowledge of wood, shows his talent as a sculptor and artist with this item. The three wall panels feature a striking play of lines and patterns. Every panel has a unique expression, yet together they form a lovely match. Two panels present oval inlays on a bright or dark background. The third item is structured with parallel waves creating a dynamic look.

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was not only a Finnish furniture and product designer but a sculptor too, and he was one of the major figures of postwar design in Finland. In 1933 Wirkkala began the studies of Industrial arts at the Central School of Applied Arts and graduated in 1936. Under his fellow students was no other than Ilmari Tapiovaara. After forced military service and the Second World War Wirkkala started to work successfully as a glass artist. He also worked as a graphic, exhibition and furniture designer. As he said himself "my fatal defect is that I am interested in too many things". His oeuvre contains cutlery, glass ware, furniture and sculptures. At the Triennale in 1951 Wirkkala was aquainted with Gio Ponti and his family to whom Wirkkala began a friendship. One of his trademarks is his incorporation of Finnish flora and fauna in his design. He is inspired by the materials and appearances of nature. His sensitive approach to different materials and his great craftsmanship resulted in striking designs. Already in the 1940s Wirkkala’s interest for plywood arose. By grinding laminated plywood Wirkkala achieved rhythmic lines. These patterns would often resemble in leaves or other natural shapes. Like the tables he designed for Asko show the technique of plywood intarsia used as decorative accents on the tabletops.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Tapio Wirkkala
  • Date of Manufacture 1950s
  • Dimensions Height 124 cm Width 62 cm Depth 3.5 cm
  • Dimensions Height 48.82 in. Width 24.41 in. Depth 1.38 in.
  • Manufacturer Asko
  • Materials and Techniques Birch Plywood
  • Period 1950-1959
  • Place of Origin Finland
  • Style Scandinavian Modern Of the Period