The 'Taalari' range of glassware was designed in the 1960s, and takes its influence not from the landscape, but the culture of Finland. It is named after an ancient currency from the region, and the pattern is influenced by Karelian tapestry
Tamara Aladin is well known as a prolific designer for Finnish glass company Riihimaki Lasi. She spent her whole career with the company from the 1950s until it closed in the 1970s.
Why is it modern? The glass design is solemn, the heavy moulded glass gives it a gravitas and presence. It receives light into its structure, rather than reflecting it. Like unglazed Japanese ceramics, it absorbs light.
At art school Tamara trained as a ceramicist and would be aware of these tendencies in materials.
Her work was popular in Germany at the time and she would go on department store tours to promote her work.
But the designs reflection of culture is the antithesis of the mass consumption of the 1960s. It is a very beautiful piece of design and glass production.
Weight 1.5 kilos