The sculpture exhibited at the PAD London fair is a big scale glass sculpture by the Finnish designer and architect Ilkka Suppanen (born 1968) and part of a series of different unique sculptures, displaying broken glass as it’s main theme. The unique texture of this delicate glass piece, created in Murano, reminds the viewer of melting ice or lace. The piece is at once both fragile and powerful, displaying bold innovation while simultaneously referring to the noble Nordic design tradition of art glass. By employing a technique that emphasizes experimentalism and craftsmanship, Ilkka Suppanen manages to create a new and yet timeless piece of glass art.
The themes of Ilkka Suppanen’s glass sculptures, made in Claudio Tiozzo’s glass studio, arise from the circulation of material. Ilkka Suppanen is interested in how glass as a material remains clean and reusable; glass it is never ultimately broken, as it can be reintegrated and reformed again and again. Additionally, the different states of water inspired the artist while creating these pieces.
Ilkka Suppanen studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, and Interior and Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He completed his studies at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1992. In 1995 he found Studio Suppanen, which is internationally renowned. In 1997 Suppanen established the award winning Snowcrash designer collective together with three colleagues. In 2000 Suppanen was awarded Design Forum’s Young Designer of the Year prize together with Harri Koskinen. In recent years, Suppanen has won several domestic and international awards. His works have been showcased in many international exhibits, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and in the MoMa in New York.
llkka Suppanen is one of the world’s best known contemporary Finnish designers. Ilkka Suppanen studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, and Interior and Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He completed his studies at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1992 and in 1995 he founded Studio Suppanen. His works have been showcased in prestigious international exhibits, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and in the MoMA in New York, and his works are part of important museum collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum of Andewante Kunst, Cologne and the Helsinki Design Museum. Suppanen has won several domestic and international awards such as the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, The Finnish Cultural Foundation Award and the Ilmari Tapiolassa Prize.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2016 Solo Exhibition in Design Museum Helsinki Finland
2015 Solo Exhibition in Röhska Museum in Gothenburg Sweden
2013 Èclat, solo exhibition Gallerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2012 Broken, Solo Exhibition, Gallerie Forsblom, Finland
2010 Hirameki Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2008 Hardcore exhibition, New York, U.S.A
2006 Ilkka Suppanen + Harri Koskinen exhibition, Design Museum of Finland
2005-2007 SAUMA, Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, USA
2003 The Q exhibition – Tokyo Japan
2001 Work spheres, MoMA, NYC, U.S.A
2000 Hothouse, Kortrijk, Belgium
1998 Modern Finnish Design, Bard Graduate ctr. NYC, U.S.A.
1997 Snowcrash exhibition Milan, Italy
1992 The Fifth International Exhibition of Architecture, The Venice Biennale, Venezia, Italy
2015 Söderberg prize, Gothenburg Sweden
2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation prize, for crossing the borders in design, Finland
2015 Ilmari Tapiovaara prize, Helsinki Finland
2013 Interior Innovation Award in at IMM Cologne Germany
2012 Red Dot, Best of the Best award, Essen Germany
2009 Asko Avonius prize, Finland
2008 Good design award, Chicago U.S.A
2008 fennia Prize, Finland
2006 Mathsson-Prize, Mathsson Foundation, Sweden
2001-2004 Art Council of Finland, 3 Year art scholarship, Finland
2001 Avotakka award, Finland
2001 Young designer of the Year prize, with Harri Koskinen, Finland
1998 Finnish National Award for Young Art (together with designers Timo Salli, Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho for the Snowcrash exhibition)
1995 Habitare Prize, 1st Price at student competition, Alessandro Mendini as jury