Tapio Wirkkala’s collaboration with the German porcelain factory Rosenthal began in 1956. Tapio designed a large number of porcelain tableware, objects and cutlery for the company which Tapio worked with for the rest of his life.
Iittala celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. The glass factory that was established in the small village of Iittala in 1881 has developed into a large company with roots tightly intertwined with the foundations of the Finnish design history.
The first Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk prize was awarded in 2016 in honor of the memory of the noted artist/designer couple during the celebration of their centennial year. The award is given out every three years and this year marks the second time the prize is awarded. The ceremony will be held on the birthday of Rut Bryk, October 18, 2019. The award is given in recognition of professional excellence, bold new design thinking, and skilled knowledge of materials and traditional artisanry.
Bryk’s ceramic art is taken on an extensive touring exhibition to Japan, while Wirkkala’s glass art is on display at the Murano Glass Museum in Venice. The works of the married couple are being prepared at EMMA for the international solo exhibitions.