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Here's a pristine, unique pair of black porcelain dinner plates by the renowned mid century designer, Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985). They are an amazing combination of high gloss glaze with a very intricate, abstract design in a matte finish, radiating out from the center of the plate in the 'bowl' - leaving the rim remaining shiny, undecorated. Apparently, Wirkkala created this innovative design and manufacturing process with black porcelain at Rosenthal AG. They are a part of the "studio-linie: porcelaine noire" and in excellent, almost unused vintage condition. These date from the early 1960's. I have been unable to find another example of this design... 11.25" diameter

Tapio Wirkkala is considered a "Pioneer of Finnish Industrial Art" and his beautifully designed products are collected in prestigious design collections worldwide. His association with Rosenthal began in 1955. He said, ”All materials have their own unwritten laws…you should never be violent with a material you’re working on, and the designer should aim at being in harmony with his material.”

more on Wirkkala:

"He was an artist of exceptional diversity. For him no material was alien and he left no area of design unexplored. Although his artwork and unique objects are to be found in the world’s leading museums, Finns have used his anonymous utility objects for decades. His work ranges from plastic ketchup bottles and metal ware to advanced unique pieces of glass, ceramic and wood.

Tapio Wirkkala’s design from the 1950’s reflects nature’s own forms – such as leaves, mushrooms and melting ice. These forms with pure and elegant contours are easily recognized in the laminated birch dishes made in a technique called aeroplane veneer. This for Wirkkala so typical plywood was also used for larger sculptures. One of his plywood pieces was voted as the most beautiful object of the year in 1954.

As an artist, Tapio Wirkkala was a craftsman who learned the properties of his materials by working them on his own as well as with skilled assistants. Wirkkala was ultimately a sculptor for whom his own cellar workshop was the most important studio. This was his alchemist’s chamber, from which he drew ideas and found new inspiration.

In 1946 Wirkkala won his first design award in a competition organized by Iittala. He was made artistic director of the firm and begun a lifelong relationship with the company. He also designed for other international companies, for example glass for Venini and ceramics for Rosenthal."

Modernist Black Porcelain Dinner Plates Pair Tapio Wirkkala Studio Linie: Porcelaine Noire Rosenthal AG Germany

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: black porcelain, high gloss matte design, gloss glaze, modern decorative design, matte design
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 479 reviews
  • Favorited by: 5 people