Tapio Wirkkala's Chanterelles have become one of the icons of Scandinavian design.
Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985), the multitalented Finnish design genius designed in a wide range of different materials. He said that materials have their own rules that dictate the artistic process. He said that his task as an artist is to free the inner potential of each material. Nature was a very important source of inspiration for Wirkkala. He spent a lot of time at his cottage in Lapland observing nature. Tapio Wirkkala’s Chantarelle vase got its name and shape from the chanterelle mushrooms that grow in the forests of Finland.
The surface decorations, particularly the decorative lines that are cut in different depths to produce an elaborate relief effect, initially proved difficult for the glassblowers at the Iittala factory to make. Wirkkala, however, collaborated with the glass craftsmen and helped them succeed in producing these and a number of similarly textured vases. First a series of 75 individually numbered Chantarelles were made in 1946. Numbered items are very, very rarely seen, and are very expensive.
Chantarelle items in different sizes and shapes were then produced at Iittala between 1947 and 1960. Iittala has started reproducing 21 cm high Chantarelles.
Different sizes of Chantarelles were exhibited at the IX and X Triennale exhibitions in Milan in 1951 and 1954, where Wirkkala won several Grand Prizes.
Size: height 9 cm Weight: 150 g Condition: Very Good, minor harmless scratches at the bottom Signature: TAPIO WIRKKALA - IITTALA