Wirkkala, Tapio

(1915 - 1985)

Tapio Wirkkala was one of the most important and diverse Finnish designers. His contribution to design includes everything from glass products to the design of banknotes and graphic art.

In 1946 Wirkkala won his first design award in a competition organized by Iittala. He was made artistic director of the firm and began a lifelong relationship with the company. During his career, Wirkkala has participated in many international exhibitions and was the artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki for many years.