The Finnish designer Ilkka Suppanen travelled regularly from Helsinki to Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon, to develop the translucent works with Murano Tiozzo and Claudio Pino Signoretto over several months last year. His aim was to make a metaphorical link between water and glass through their shared capacity to transform from solid into liquid and vapour.

In 'Vanishing Barge', the specks of silver embedded in the eight sheets of pale blue frosted glass create the illusion of a trapped object, the title suggestive of a boat sinking in icy water.

Ilkka Suppanen  Crystalize, 2016 Hand-blown glass 44 x 26.5 x 6 cm  Unique  Photo: Rauno Träskelin Courtesy: Galerie Maria Wettergren 
By contrast, the thin, sparkly sheets of 'Crystalize' are evocative of the sun sparkling on fresh snow and the delicate nature of snowflakes.

A third piece, 'Vaporize', has a silver cylindrical form encased in the glass; its hazy, glimmering outline giving the impression of something rising or disappearing.

Ilkka Suppanen  Fusion, 2016 Murano glass   62 x 17 x 17 cm  Unique piece Photo : Rauno Träskelin Courtesy : Galerie Maria Wettergren
Equally ethereal is 'Fusion', a totem of variously coloured stones, ranging from turquoise and aqua to transparent, that look as though they have been placed precariously on top of each other.

Besides these new pieces, Suppanen is exhibiting his 'Porcupine' lamps in resin and copper. Picked by CNN as one of the 15 most desirable objects at the Salone del Mobile 2016, the lamp features hundreds of 3D-printed needles emanating from the resin centre. Also on view is 'Stick' chair (2015), the seat of which rests on a criss-crossing of ash wood strips.

Ilkka Suppanen  Porcupine Copper, 2015 Copper, 3D-printed resin and LEDs 70 x 60 x 60 cm  Limited edition of 8 pieces Courtesy: Galerie Maria Wettergren 
Ilkka Suppanen  Porcupine Copper, 2015 Copper, 3D-printed resin and LEDs 70 x 60 x 60 cm  Limited edition of 8 pieces Courtesy: Galerie Maria Wettergren 
Born in 1968, Suppanen studied architecture at Aalto University and founded his studio in 2005. He works across both industrial design and limited edition and unique pieces for galleries. This latest collection of work reveals him pursuing a sculptural direction in the tradition of the Modernist Finnish designer/sculptor Tapio Wirkkala.

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Ilkka Suppanen Vaporize, 2016 Hand-blown glass and silver 23 x 31 x 31 cm  Unique  Photo: Rauno Träskelin Courtesy: Galerie Maria Wettergren 
Ilkka Suppanen Stick Chair, 2015 60 x 70 x 70 cm Limited edition Photo: Studio Suppanen - Peter Vuorenrinne Courtesy: Galerie Maria Wettergren 
Exhibition view
Exhibition view