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leaf dishes (2)

Year of origin

Tapio Wirkkala


laminated birch plywood
good original condition
h 3,5 / w 32,5 / d 17,5 cm
h 2 / w 18,5 / d 12 cm

Very delicate set of two leaf-shaped wooden dishes made of birch plywood, designed by eminent Tapio Wirkkala. Wirkkala was a Finnish designer and sculptor and a leading figure of post-war European design. His contributions include glasses for Venini and a fruitful cooperation with Rosenthal. The two-coloured wood rings on his laminated plywood dishes emphasize their shell-like shape, combining the at-once manmade and natural qualities of plywood with an organic inspiration. Wirkkala played with the straight lines made by the plywood’s layers by cutting the laminate into round-edged shapes that recall leaves or shells. His work is unique, but can be compared to that of Finn Juhl.