1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner

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1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner
1985 Rosenthal Studio 'Century New Wave' Modernist Series Vase by Tapio Wirkkala and Dorothy Hafner

THE ITEM

Presenting a Modernist / Postmodern piece which has captured so many iconic design influences of the 80s, the collaboration of American and Finnish design. 

The surface art work, designed by Dorothy Hafner is of neon-esque pastel colours composed into bold, distorted geometrics, interspersed with pop art accent patterns. The artwork wraps itself around the body and the rim of the vase and Hafners signature marks the design.

It could be interpreted that the big hair of the 80s was translated to the big umbrella rim. The loud form of the vase is the influence and design of Wirkkala. 

An exemplary piece of design which would suit a room with Modernist, Post-Modern or Contemporary inspired decor. 

CONDITION

Excellent. No chips, cracks or scratches. There is minimal use wear on the inside of the vase, c. 0.4" / 1 cm towards the base. The vase bears Rosenthal's exclusive Studio Line stamped insignia Wirkkala's s signature. 

MEASUREMENTS
c. 6.7" / 17 cm tall (from base to rim) x 9.4" / 24 cm rim diameter. Base diameter: c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm

Unpackaged weight:  0.9 kg / 922 g

NOTES
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Tapio Wirkkala (b. 1915 - 1985) was a influential Finnish designer and sculptor. Driven by a deep love for Finnish flora and fauna, and the natural landscape that contains it. The sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice and unforgiving winds shape the landscape and selected the species that would survive.

Tapio Wirkkala worked as one of Iittala’s key glass designers from 1946-85. Iittala's Ultima Thule glassware, featuring the dripping icicles effect is said to have taken thousands of hours to develop a glassblowing technique that would produce the effect.

Winning three Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1951 and again in 1954, his name became increasingly revered abroad, and as a result he was employed by foreign companies such as Rosenthal (1956-85) in Germany and Venini (1965-79) in Italy.

Dorothy Hafner (born 1952) is an American ceramist and glass artist. 
Born in Connecticut, Hafner earned her bachelor's degree in 1974. She  worked as a production manager for the International Craft Film Festival, and beginning in 1976 served as director of the international department of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City. The following two years, she was artist-in-residence at Artpark in Lewiston, New York. In 1979 she set up the firm Art in Dining in New York City, under which banner she designed porcelain tableware for such firms as Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co.; beginning in 1982 her work was also carried by Rosenthal.