Bolle Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Truly a hand-crafted work of art, Tapio Wirkkala's Bolle Bottles are a striking fusion of color, materiality, and craft. Glowing bands of Murano glass are fused together to create a single vessel and the result is beautiful and calm. Designed in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini, the gently curving shapes of the bottles are set off by vibrant swaths of red and green, subdued with softer shades of blue and gray. This series of five bottles employs the "inclamo" technique wherein two different types of glass, worked separately, are fused together to obtain, within a single object, separate areas differentiated by color. This technique was developed and perfected by the master glass-workers at Venini.