‘Hopeakuu’ neckpiece designed by Tapio Wirkkala

Made by Westerback, Nilo in Finland

The Finnish sculptor and designer, Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was one of the pioneers of modern Scandinavian design who gained international recognition in the years following the Second World War. He designed glass, jewellery, ceramics, cutlery and textiles and his objects are among the most distinctive examples of ‘Scandinavian Modern’. A graduate of the Central School of Arts and Crafts in Helsinki, from 1946 to 1985 Wirkkala provided designs for the renowned Iittala glassworks. He collaborat...


Silver wire 'loop' neckpiece designed to sit around the base of the neck, with a circular pendant attached. The pendant consists of circular flat bands in polished silver, attached to a silver pin with a ball at one end which also forms the centre of pendant. The pin culminates in a rigid loop at the top which links with another loop strung on the wire neckpiece.


264 mm
126 mm
3 mm


The neckpiece was designed by Tapio Wirkkala and made by Nilo Westerback in Finland in 1970.
Westerback, Nilo
Wirkkala, Tapio 1970


Purchased 2008
29 February, 2008

Cite this Object

'Hopeakuu' neckpiece designed by Tapio Wirkkala 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2017, <https://ma.as/372485>
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