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Born in Hanko, Finland in 1915, Tapio Wirkkala is considered a versatile genius of design. Wirkkala's contribution to design includes everything from glass products to the design of banknotes and graphic art. During his career, he has participated in many interntional exhibitions, and has served as the artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki for many years. Wirkkala has won a large number of awards, including three gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1951, followed by another three in 1954.