Gunnel Nyman

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Gunnel Nyman
Gunnel Anita Gustafsson

(1909-09-19)September 19, 1909
Alma materTaideteollinen Korkeakoulu, Helsinki
Spouse(s)Gunnar Nyman

Gunnel Nyman (September 19, 1909 – 1948) was a Finnish glass and metal artist, and one of the founders of modern Finnish glass design.[1] She was also a proponent of early mass-produced glassware. Nyman's glassware is exhibited in museums internationally.[2][3]

Born Gunnel Anita Gustafsson, in Turku in 1909 but moved to Helsinki with her family in 1922. She married Gunnar Nyman in 1936.

Nyman studied furniture design at the Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu (Central School of the Industrial Arts) in Helsinki, under Arttu Brummer and worked initially in the functionalist style.

Trained as a furniture designer, Nyman also created metalwork for ecclesiastical use as well as lighting, most notably the lighting for Helsinki's Swedish Theater which she designed in collaboration with the Oy Taito AB metalsmiths.[4]

During the post-war era she transitioned to glassware and collaborated or worked on commission with various glassworks including Riihimäki Karhula-Iittala and Nuutajärvi.[5]

Her work features organic lines and focuses on the characteristics of glass itself.


  1. ^ Polak, Ada (1962). Modern Glass. Faber & Faber. p. 69.
  2. ^ "National Gallery of Victoria".
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection".
  4. ^ Aav, Marianne (1997). Gaze, Delia (ed.). Nyman, Gunnel in Dictionary of Women Artists: Volume 2. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. pp. 1030–1032.
  5. ^ "Gunnel Nyman". Designed in Finland.