Riihimaki Lasi OY blue Piippu 'chimney vase' designed by Aimo Okkoli
Riihimaki Lasi OY blue Piippu 'chimney vase' designed by Aimo Okkoli
Riihimaki Lasi OY blue Piippu 'chimney vase' designed by Aimo Okkoli
Riihimaki Lasi OY blue Piippu 'chimney vase' designed by Aimo Okkoli

Riihimaki Lasi OY blue Piippu 'chimney vase' designed by Aimo Okkoli

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The encased glass provides the purest blue for this vase. A blue which is distinctive to the 1960s and 70s and recurrent throughout the Riihimaki range at this time.

The Piippu or  ‘chimney vase’ has the pure sculptural outline you would expect from Okkolin.

And, just as its name reduces the Finnish word for Chimney, savupiippu, to its final two syllables, so the chimney is reduced to its simplest form in Okkolin’s design. A chimney might seem an unusual inspiration for a glass maker but glass and ceramics are synonymous with heat from kilns and furnaces. The chimney, in the 1950s and 60s when this design was created, were still a prominent part of city and town skylines. Furthermore, the manufacture of glass and ceramics had distinctive industrial architecture which is dominated by the chimney - you only need to picture search ‘kiln chimneys’ on google to see the shape of this vase come alive in the photographs of industrial relics from Europe’s industrial revolution.

The vase acts as a symbol of a manufacturing past which has mainly disappeared in Europe today.

Riihimaki Lasi OY blue piippu chimney vase designed by Aimo Okkoli
Height-  17.3cm      Diameter(widest)- 10.3cm