Finland’s acclaimed ceramic artist, Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988), graduated from the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, and was discovered and hired by Arabia where he held a position in the art department for over fifty years as well as four years with Rorstrand in Sweden.
He was often called the “king of decorators” and the “prince of ceramics”!
Birger was awarded top honors at the Milano triennial in 1960 for his birds’ collection made from ceramic beads. At the Montreal Expo 67, he unveiled a massive relief “Orvokkimeri (Sea of Violets) which was 27 feet wide and 15 feet high, displaying swans on a sea of violets. He received the “Grand Prix” award for both of these exhibitions, the event’s highest honor.
Among his most well-known designs were his 1957 wallpapers “Kiurujen yö” and “Ken Kiuruista Kaunein” for Pihlgren & Ritola. Birger’s tableware classic Paratiisi (paradise) was designed for Arabia twelve years later and is still a classic available and highly popular today. In the seventies he produced the verdant pattern “Apila “(cloverleaf).
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