Born in Finland in 1915, Tapio Wirkkala was an artist with vision and his creativity transformed mundane objects. A versatile designer with design contributions that range from banknotes to graphic design, he was most widely known for his glass work. In particular, Wirkkala was a master of texture and used his knowhow to transform his glassware collections. For example, the Tapio glassware collection is so seamless the glass almost looks liquid, his Ultima Thule glassware gives the illusion of beautifully frozen ice and his ceramic bag vase designs imitates the look of creased paper. Awarded with several prestigious nods, he has won three gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1951, followed by another three in 1954. He also continued to pass on his design prowess as the artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helenski for many years.