Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Tapio Wirkkala Creation

These bowls by Tapio Wirkkala makes you think about the whole issue of what an item is worth ! Valued at  $17,000 each !!!

I suppose being a famous designer in the first place helps and they are nice bowls, but hey, they are not even particularly large pieces !!!

If you have ever visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, or the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, or if you plan to in the near future, look out for Tapio Wirkkala's creations. The Finnish artist was revered for some of the most well crafted wooden bowls created between 1951 and 1954. One such experiment with birch plywood resulted in these beautiful tailor made bowls. What makes this bowl unique is the crafting technique. Just like handloom woven fabrics, these bowls are made by setting dark and light strips of the plywood to give out a dramatic effect.

The overall effect reminds you of a wooden leaf with its veins intact. Sporting a hole at one end, this beautiful bowl was a personal gift presented by the designer Tapio Wirkkala to Edward Wormley. The bowl is 13.75inches long and 7.5inches wide. Each piece is priced at $17,000.

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