Designed by Nanny Still, the Stella Polaris: decorative bottle 1720, is an expressive work from the designer.
Still was major influence on artistic output from the glass manufacturers Riihimaki. Although she moved to Belgium in the late 1950s, she continued to work for the glass-makers based in her homeland throughout her career.
The vase / bottle was in production between 1968 – 1973 and depicts a constellation of stars which, I like to think, are influenced by the expansive night skies she would have witnessed when living in Finland.
Designed in 1967, a decade after the Russians had sent the Sputnik satellite into space – an event which launched the space race between Russia and the USA – it captures the excitement and beauty of our galaxy. Still, who graduated from Finnish art school in 1950, would have been acutely aware of the exploits of Russia which bordered her own homeland.
The vase is modern in how it uses its materials – exploiting the possibilities of glass and production with the functionality of the vase itself. She produces a beautiful balance between the decorative and the modern. Her night sky is condensed and abstract, whilst the glass captures the light to allow the ‘stars’ to flicker and shine. A beautiful vase.
Nanny Still prided herself as an Internationalist using her travels to motivate her design and has become very collectable throughout Europe and the USA.
The vase/bottle has its original makers label and is in a beautiful green. The label style would indicate this is an early production example from the late 60s.