Saara Hopea navy blue Kupla or Bubble vase, designed in 1955.
Modernist 20th century Finnish glass Kupla vase designed by Saara Hopea for Nuutajarvi Notsjo, Finland, 1955. Hopea is one of many important Female glass designers in Finland
Detail of Saara Hopea Kupla bubble vase, showing a turquoise bubble encased in the vase foot
A group of Modernist Finnish glass objects from Saara Hopea, Kaj Franck and Timo Sarpaneva, including Usva and Kupla vase. The 20th Century Finnish design objects were produced by Nuutajarvi and Iittala glassworks in the 1960s
Side view of Saara Hopea Kupla glass vase
Side view of Saara Hopea Kupla bubble glass vase from Nuutajarvi Notsjo, Finland
Finnish Modernist glass design by Saara Hopea, Kupla glass vase from 1955. The vase was produced at Nuutajarvi Notsjo glassworks, Finland and is a navy blue colour.
Upside down Saara Hopea kupla vase blue
Detail of Saara Hopea Kupla vase with blue bubble
Detail of Saara Hopea Kupla glass vase
Saara Hopea etched signature Nuutajarvi Notsjo Finland 1961 on the base of a modernist Kupla glass vase
Saara Hopea 'Kupla' Vase
Saara Hopea 'Kupla' Vase
Modernist Scandinavian glass design by Saara Hopea, Finland, a Kupla bubble sommerso vase in blue, produced by Nuutajarvi Notsjo glassworks in 1961
Saara Hopea Kupla upside down vase
Saara Hopea Kupla vase
Nuutajärvi Notsjö

Saara Hopea 'Kupla' Vase

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Saara Hopea uses simplicity and geometry to create timeless objects of refined beauty. Her works in glass are characterised by a purity of form, and epitomise the minimalist style of postwar Finland. Her characteristically Finnish restraint was often enriched by experimentations in colour and technique, and whilst Hopea's portfolio of glass is relatively small, her distinct expression of modernity supports her position as one of the most notable Finnish glass designers of the 20th Century.

This capsule-shaped vase is named 'Kupla' (Bubble), which refers to the bubble of turquoise glass trapped within the vase's foot. The sommerso vase was designed by Hopea in 1955, and handmade at Nuutajärvi glassworks. The object's proportions and simplistic shape are intrinsically elegant, whilst further visual interest is created by Hopea's use of colour and contrast.

Hopea spent her tenure at Nuutajärvi working closely with Kaj Franck. They were not only close colleagues, but were also close friends. They shared the same design ethos, based upon the functionality and practicality of simple shapes, and the importance of high quality manufacture and materials. Together, they completely transformed the direction of Nuutajarvi glassworks' production in the early 1950's, and influenced designers throughout Scandinavia, and later the rest of Europe, to produce new & unapologetically modern glassware for the home. 

Model number: SH122

Model Name: 'Kupla' 

Designer: Saara Hopea

Manufacturer: Nuutajärvi Notsjö 

Year of Design: 1955 

Dates Produced: 1955-61

Colour: Blue, Turquoise, Clear 

Height: 10.5 cm, Width 7.5 cm, Depth 6.5 cm

Condition: Very Good. A minor abrasion to the shoulder.

Branding: Hand etched ‘S. Hopea Nuutajärvi Notsjö - 61’