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OIVA TOIKKA, Moments of Ingenuity was published jointly with an equally titled exhibition at the Design Museum 30.5. – 19.9.2010. Editors : Marianne Aav, Susanna Vakkari, Eeva Viljanen. Writers : Marianne Aav, Jennifer Hawkins Opie, Lisbeth Lindefort, Kaisa Koivisto. Includes a cronological catalogue of serial products during years 1958-2008. ISBN: 978-952-9878-70-3. 173 pages. DESIGN MUSEUM 2010. The book is in english language.

Oiva Toikka is an original and bold experimenter, a rebellious master of Finnish glass. The visual world of his inexhaustible imagination comes alive in his virtuoso works whose character is underlined by their playful names. An unsatisfactory piece will become acceptable in a new work; he does not throw anything away, but instead picks from the archives of his “mistakes” necessary elements for the ever-renewing range of his art – insight and ingenuity from over a period of fifty years.
In the background of Toikka´s well-known bird figures, cubes and Flora and Fauna tableware lies unbridled experimentation, unique works of art, and recognition of masterly glassmaking skills. Toikka is an easy-going Karelian with no respect for the laws of art, or so-called good taste. Instead, he lets the material and the theme lead him. His pieces are miniature stages, a reminder of his work as a set designer. They reveal him to be a bon-vivant world traveller and seer inbued with curiosity.

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