More than just a retrospective, STILL/LIFE – organised by the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation, in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Finland’s most prominent name in Modern design, and curated by one of the nation’s most loved contemporary talents, designer Harri Koskinen – reimagines the master’s legacy as a backdrop to today’s design.
Koskinen says of him: ‘Throughout my own career I have seen him as a charismatic and relentless designer and artist, who had a very wide view of every sector of the design field. It was not just work; it was a way of life.’ The exhibition will start a national tour that opens this month at the Korundi House of Culture in Rovaniemi.
The exhibition is in two parts. STILL emphasises Wirkkala’s aspiration as an artist; he set no limits on materials or function and blurred the lines between artistic fields, as can be seen in his