London Design Festival: Vessel Gallery Presents Oiva Toikka

  • Glass master Oiva Toikka is introduced to Londoners at Vessel Gallery during The London Design Festival '10.

    Oiva Toikka, one of the biggest names in Finnish glass design, is introduced to Londoners by Notting Hill based Vessel Gallery, starting 16 September 2010.

    The exhibition held during London Design Festival will present festival-goers with high-spirited and imaginative Finnish art glass that differs from the mainstream of Scandinavian design.

    Oiva Toikka (b.1931) has achieved international recognition and won many remarkable awards for design. Entered the field of glass design as early as in the mid 50s', Toikka has had time to establish a reputation as a versatile and groundbreaking designer. His discoveries of new techniques of processing glass have had a significant contribution to the idiom of Finnish art glass.

    Pulling together Toikka's work from four decades, the exhibition will include every single glass bird creation he has ever designed for Iittala. Apart from being a retrospective of the glass master's work, the exhibition will also build up a future for Finnish art glass. Vessel is the first gallery to present Oiva Toikka's Art Works glassware collection for Iittala internationally.

    On top of the flock of birds, the exhibition will also open up a possibility to meet the artist himself on the 30th of September, when he will be available for bird and book signing.

    Vessel Gallery Presents: Art Works by Oiva Toikka
    from Sept 16th to Oct 23rd 2010
    114 Kensington Park Road
    London W11 2PW

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