A set of three bark effect Iittala vases from Finland, 2 oblong & 1 square designed by Timo Sarpeneva.
These vases are credited to Timo Sarpaneva (1948-2005) The Finnish designer is often compared with Tapio Wirkkala (1946-85). Both were prolific, and influential, designers from Finland
They were very different characters in the way they approached creativity.
Both designers shared a love of texture, but, I think, Sarpaneva used textures to explore memory, in a explicit Modernist form.
In architecture it is common practice to use texture as a kind of memory map: juxtapositions between smooth and rough, light and dark.
Modernist architecture purposefully used this ‘mapping’ to connect the building to the processes of its making.
Sarpaneva did the same, and clear glass captures texture perfectly.
Without colour influencing the story, textures in clear glass interact with the form of the design. Providing insights, or connections to a memory of a tree bark, or the dappled shadows from its leaves.
The vases pictured here use Solid and Void to articulate shape, and texture to provide the human connection.
I love there simplicity (and storytelling)
13cm x 5 cm (Tall Square)
9cm x 10cm x4.5 cm (Largest oblong)
10.5cm x 6.7cm x 4cm (Med Oblong).