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ARABIA Birger Kaipiainen Art Plate 21cm

ARABIA Birger Kaipiainen Art Plate 21cm

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An art plate designed in the 1960s by Birger Kaipiainen, a legendary Finnish designer from ARABIA. ARABIA had an in-house atelier that produced one-of-a-kind artworks, separate from the department that made mass-market products. This is a decorative plate produced at that time in the in-house atelier. It emits a white light like mother-of-pearl on shells, and although it is more than half a century old, it is a beautiful plate that retains its original shape. Kaipiainen's signature is printed on the back as a back stamp.

Kaipiainen's designs are heavily influenced by surrealism. The masterpiece Paratiisi also uses a mythical paradise as a motif, and the flowers and fruits depicted are all imaginary. The same goes for this art plate, as there is no specific animal or plant motif, and it was drawn based on his imagination. Although it was produced in the middle of the 1960s, the design has something in common with the Paratiisi released in 1969.

The number of Kaipiainen art plates is decreasing, and it is difficult to find it in the vintage market. Strictly speaking, there is no same thing even with the same design because it is an atelier work. The era in which Scandinavian design established its own worldview is called the "mid-century", but it was mainly from the 1950s to the 1970s. In the 1980s, the time-consuming and costly manufacturing method was disliked, and the economic depression led to a period of technological decline. In the 1980s, famous designers led by Kaipiainen passed away, and the world of Scandinavian modernity entered a winter era without any successors.

Today, Arabia's reprinted tableware is a modern reworking of the products of the 1950s to 1970s. The form and pattern design follow the past well, and they have succeeded in making the same type as a mass-produced product in Southeast Asia, but if you look closely, the color luster and glaze are different from vintage. have different depths. It was normal for the old ones to have errors and traces of support, but on the other hand, the colors are outstanding and you can feel the quality of handwork. Finnish artworks are therefore irreproducible today and are a legacy of the past that will never be available in the 21st century. I think that eventually it will have an asset value. Please take a look at this opportunity.

■ Details Manufacturer: ARABIA Designer: Birger Kaipiainen Age: 1960s Country of Origin: Finland Condition: ★★★★☆ (4: Good condition)
You can see the thread when it is stacked on the edge of the plate. You can see the strut marks from the manufacturing on the back. The color is good, and it is a beautiful product in good condition with no cracks or chips.

■ About Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988 )

Born in Pori, southwestern Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. Finland's leading designer, known as the "King of Decorators". Although his family moved to Helsinki when he was young, Kaipiainen spent every summer in Russia. Stay in a homestay in a town called Sortavala. The sense of nature and artistry nurtured there will influence him for the rest of his life. When Kaipiainen was young, he suffered from polio, which left him walking with a cane for the rest of his life. He was unable to turn a potter's wheel on his own due to a disability in one hand, but it is said that this actually served as an opportunity for him to hone his artistic sense.

Kaipiainen graduated from Finland's premier art university, Aalto University, and joined Arabia in 1937. From 1954, he also transferred to Rorstrand in Sweden for four years. In the heyday of simple and unadorned Nordic modern art, Kaipiainen's designs are rich in decorativeness and are characterized by detailed depictions drawn to every corner. He has built a unique worldview that stands out from the mainstream of the times, designing Paratish in 1969, Apia in 1970, and Sunnuntai in 1971. Both are still reprinted editions of Arabia, and have become flagship products.

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