Lasitehtaasta museoksi | From a Glassworks to a Museum
Tapio Wirkkala Suomen lasimuseon suunnittelijana | Tapio Wirkkala and the Design of the Finnish Glass Museum
► In the Finnish Glass Museum Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985), a leading light in the Finnish industrial arts and a designer of objects that became classics, got a chance to realize his vision of a museum as a total artwork. Wirkkala designed the spaces and permanent exhibition in an old industrial building that had once been a glass factory, a silk-screen printers, and more. The impressive Museum opened in Riihimäki in 1981, reflecting Wirkkala’s extensive experience as an internationally respected interior and exhibition designer. Nowadays, the building houses a living museum that attracts tourists and experts from around the world. This book unravels the building’s architecture, spaces and exhibitions, along with Tapio Wirkkala’s unique work as the designer of the Finnish Glass Museum.