Tapio Wirkkala (1915 - 1985) was born in Hankoo, Finland. Wirkkala is a symbolic figure of Finnish Design, an artist of the great diversity that left no material or area of design unexplored. He was one of the most distinguished artists to shape Scandinavian design and industrial art. Tapio Wirkkala was a very productive and multitalented designer and sculptor. His work ranges from exceptional creations of art glass to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes. Wirkkala also designed jewelry, sculptures, and furniture. Wirkkala was awarded in several prestigious competitions. He won three Grand Prix medals from the Milan Triennale in 1954 and a Grand Prix medal and a gold medal in the 1960 Milan Triennale.