Galerie Maria Wettergren will display for the first time at Design Miami the installations and monumental stand-alone glass sculptures by the Finnish designer and architect Ilkka Suppanen (born 1968). The unique texture of these glass sculptures, created in Murano, reminds the viewer of ice or lace. Suppanen’s crushed glass sculptures are at once both fragile and powerful, displaying innovation in glass work while simultaneously fitting within the Nordic design tradition. By employing a technique that emphasizes experimentalism and craftsmanship, Suppanen manages to create something timeless and enduring. The themes of the works, made in Claudio Tiozzo’s glass studio, arise from the circulation of material. Suppanen is interested in how glass as a material remains clean and reusable; how 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 pieces for this exhibit. Suppanen studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, and he studied 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 established 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 MoMa in New York.
Image rights: Image courtesy of Ilkka Suppanen