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Author Topic: Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?  (Read 1600 times)

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Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?
« on: June 26, 2011, 03:43:27 PM »
Found this lamp today on my fleamarket tour; as I discovered an engraved "TW" at the bottom and it cost 2,- Euro I bought it.

Looking in my Iittala book I found out that this design was originally a bottle (PN 2507), produced 1959-1966.

Do you think the brass fitting (which fits perfectly :)) is original and the lamp was distributed by Iittala? Or has somebody later converted the bottle to a lamp?
The shade that came with it looked 1960s style as well...

Thanks!
Michael


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Re: Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 04:28:47 PM »
This doesn't answer all my questions, but at least it is quite obvious now that the green one isn't a unique piece...

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Re: Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 08:54:41 AM »
The fitting on your green lamp does look purpose made from your photos....

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Re: Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 09:37:17 AM »
Thanks, John. I would think the same...
The fittings are identical on both lamps btw -- the reflection of the red shade makes it look different.

So I guess some Austrian retailer in the 1960s converted these into lamps? (Considering that they only seem to pop up here)

Michael

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Re: Tapio Wirkkala lamp base?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 11:10:15 AM »
That does seem like a reasonable working assumption Michael, especially if they are not found elsewhere.

John

 

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