Helsinki, Taideteollisuusmuseo, 2001 (second edition)/ 2001.
Quarto, 407 pages with 497 illustrations, many in colour.
Green cloth; covers very slightly marked; essentially a fine copy with the excellent dustwrapper very slightly creased and torn at the head of the spine.
'Wirkkala (1915-1985) is the symbolic figure of Finnish design; an artist of exceptional diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. His works ranged in size from postage stamps to future cities, from salmon-flies to earthwork monuments ... contrasting materials were imbued with the incontestable forms found in natural phenomena. For Wirkkala, the form of an object was not just an aesthetic goal or intellectual perception, but the outcome of a dialogue between hand, eye, and material. As his name is normally associated with luxurious decorative objects, few know that he also designed everyday objects like banknotes, and ketchup, beer and vodka bottles'. A comprehensive catalogue to accompany the exhibition (25 August 2000 - 14 January 2001).