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on the 100th anniversary of the birth of tapio wirkkala, poltrona frau reissues the bird table, welcoming it into the iconic collection

a hundred years since the birth of tapio wirkkala, an important figure in finnish art and design, Poltrona Frau revisits a piece of which, until now, only a handful of examples existed. the “bird” side table is a project that symbolises wirkkala’s natural and organic poetry, that joined to ‘the icons collection’, the collection that ‘collects the great memories of design history.’

marco romanelli

marco romanelli

we recover the pieces that had lost their way and testify that it is possible to combine them with contemporary design’ says marco romanelli, art director of the the icons collection.

sinuous shape, at the same time simple yet abstract: bird side table is inspired by the silhouette of a winged animal, a recurring theme in wirkkala’s work as a sculptor and designer, along with shells, ice and leaves.

for the first time, Poltrona Frau has mass-produced the side table and faced a real manufacturing challenge in doing so. the workmanship on the surface is highly complex. the strata of layers of cut birch wood of varying thicknesses create a characteristic symmetrical and diagonal surface design.


Poltrona Frau, bird

the result is unpredictable, making each piece unique. the delicate furniture craftsmanship is completed with the conical insert of cut birch that runs though the centre along the entire length of the top. this feature, painted black, creates an incisive graphic symbol that continues in the curved solid birch leg, an elegant visual reference to the beak of a wading bird. the second leg is made out of black-painted solid birch wood and further defines the bird’s shape. the natural oil and wax-based surface finish is organic and transparent, enhancing the beauty of the wood.


Poltrona Frau, bird

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