Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Iittala Lighting

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2015-06-26 10:34:10

Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Iittala Lighting is a style of ceiling lamp that was produced in the 1950s by the Finnish homeware manufacturer Iittala.

Brief history & description

Produced on the principle of modern Scandinavian design, these ceiling lights are characterised by sleek, cylindrical shades made from glass and were finished in muted, earthly colours.

Tapio Wirkkala was a major figure of post-war furniture design. Born in Hanko, Finland, he was a sculptor and designer and his work ranged from lamps to banknotes, plastic ketchup bottles to the Finlandia vodka bottle. He began designing homeware for the Finnish homeware manufacturer Iittala in the late-1950s and created some of their most sought after products, including the K2-139 ceiling lamps and the Ultima Thule set of kitchen glasses.

Guide to collectors

While examples of other Tapio Wirkkala designs are commonplace at international auction houses, such as Christie's, his Iittala ceiling lamps are quite rare.

Collectors are more likely to purchase examples from national auction houses, particularly in continental European countries, such as Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen, Art & Auctionhouse HERR and Von Zezschitwz Art & Design Auction in Germany. Prices for ceiling lamps tend to range from €200 to €6001.

Additionally, Vintageseekers.com advertises a range of examples of Tapio Wirkkala ceiling lights that were produced by Iittala and can be obtained between £850 and £1,2502.

Value

In November 20003, at Christie’s in Amsterdam, three K2-139 ceiling lamps, designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Iittala in 1960, realised a price of €956.

In June 2008, three K2-138, K2-139 and K2-141 ceiling lights, designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Iittala in 1960, realised a price of €600 through Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH, Munich.

In September 2008, a cylindrical ceiling light, designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Iittala in 1961, was sold through Von Zezschitwz Art & Design Auction, Munich for a realised price of €200.

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