Saturday, June 12, 2010

Paavo Tynell 1890-1973

I finally found a good article on Paavo!

In the 20th Century, Finland produced so many design giants — Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen are only the tip of the iceberg — that it is not surprising Tynell (pronounced Too-nell) got lost in the shuffle. Early reckonings of international postwar design accomplishments in the 1970s and 1980s overlooked him. Tynell (1890-1973) was absent from such landmark retrospectives as Scandinavian Modern Design 1880-1980 at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

Design literature of the late 20th century rarely takes note of the designer whose “twinkling eyes and easy chuckle reflect the good humor evident in the whimsy and grace of his refreshing designs,” as the New York Times put it in 1950.

But in the 21st century, finally, Tynell is being “discovered” by collectors. His dramatic large-scale work is the most desirable; the hand-crafted Snowflake, produced in several sizes but small numbers, has become the totemic piece collectors seek.

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1 comment:

Erik said...

His work is absolutely phenomenal, unfortunately, every time I see one they're wuite expensive...