Finnish design took a huge leap in the middle of last century when Finnish designers got an impressive number of awards at successive Triennals held in Milan in years 1933-1964. Here some of the triumphs in Milan: Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) von 1933 in Milan a gold medal for his furniture. Aino Aalto (1894-1949) von 1936 a gold medal for her Bölgeblick glass series. Kai Franck (1911-1989) von 1951 a gold medal for his ceramic table goods (“Kilta”), and 1957 a Grand Prix for his colorful enamel metal bowls. Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) has also several times von awards at the Triennal in Milan. In 1951 he von a Grand Prix award with his glass art object “Chantarel”, and in 1954 with the “Kuutonen” glass bowl. In 1954 Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) von a Grand Prix award with the glass art objects “Orchid” and “Kayak”. The Orchid was soon after named the world’s most beautiful item by American House Beautiful magazine, and the “Kayak” is mentioned in the 1991 Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive piece of modern glass art in the world. In 1957 Sarpaneva von a Grand Prix in Milan with glass art pieces “Sleeping birds” Saara Hopea (1925-1984) von in 1954 a silver medal with her stackable glass series and in 1957 another silver medal with her Flamingo liqueur glass series. Nanny Still (1926-2009) got a Honorary award at the Triennal in Milan in1954.
Our ambition is to provide a carefully selected collection of art glass objects from great designers.