Drinking glasses


Drinking glasses were a major part of Tapio Wirkkala's extensive oeuvre in glass. After becoming the artistic director of the Karhula-Iittala glassworks in Finland, he became responsible for proposals for restaurant glassware and the renewing of old products.

His first drinking glassware collection was Tapio from 1954, which is still being made. The 10-piece Briljant restaurant glassware collection was under development for a long while and was made from 1959 to 1971. Wirkkala also designed anonymous mass-produced glass, such as the pressed-glass vases of the Löytö series.

Wirkkala made most of the required graphite moulds himself, for example for the Ultima Thule glassware, among other products