Tapio Wirkkala not only laid the foundation stone for the success of Finnish design, but also shaped the Rosenthal brand like no other from 1956 until his death in 1985. The visionary Philip Rosenthal and the Scandinavian creative icon mutually complemented and inspired one another. Philip Rosenthal valued Wirkkala as a creative personality who was “a craftsman, an industrial designer, an artist, a technical innovator, a poet and a realist” and recognised his creative potential very early on. Today, his works, which are characterised by their aesthetics extending beyond fashion influences, are still admired all over the world.
To mark what would be the 100th birthday of Tapio Wirkkala, Rosenthal is releasing the brilliant »Paper Bag Vase«, which was first created in 1977, in a range of new colours. The most popular creation by the Finnish designer, which raises the status of a simple paper bag to a design object and renders its kinks and folds perfectly, is now available in the on-trend colours mint, peach, macaroon and dove produced using coloured porcelain paste. The original vases, which are available in two sizes, are the perfect receptacle to present small and large bouquets of flowers.
The collection will also feature a new, four-piece vase series with a relief design and attractive black grooved vases in three sizes from the Rosenthal archive, which will be rereleased to mark the occasion. The small and large fish bowls made of glazed white porcelain are prime receptacles for fine fish and precious seafood. Their organic lines once again reveal Wirkkala’s deep affinity for nature.