Vintage Riihimaen Vase, pattern number 1479. Designer Aimo Okkoli
Vintage Riihimaen Vase, pattern number 1479. Designer Aimo Okkoli
Vintage Riihimaen Vase, pattern number 1479. Designer Aimo Okkoli
Vintage Riihimaen Vase, pattern number 1479. Designer Aimo Okkoli

Vintage Riihimaen Vase, pattern number 1479. Designer Aimo Okkoli

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Good design is forever, and not only for Christmas! But wow, this colour looks good on a Christmas table. 

 

 

Aimo Okkolin was one of the first designers to work for Riihimaen, he was also the most sculptural. He designed a wide range of intricate work in crystal for Riihimani, but it is these pared back sculptural forms he designed in the 1960s and early 70s, which resonate the most with me. 

 

They are often called rocket or lamp vases. Encased glass is used to reduce the vase to its minimal shape. The curves are almost aerodynamic in their outline. This particular vase made in the 1970s by Riihimaen Lasi, pattern number 1479 reminds me of the sculptures of Brancusi, particularly his sculpture Endless Column which symbolises the concept of infinity: if you imagine this vase stood end to end, it mimics Brancusi’s piece . If you look at the body of work by Okkolin there is little doubt he was influenced by the Romanian sculptor.