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Danish-Finnish ceramic artist, designer, and sculptor Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) is one of the most renowned ceramicists of the 20th century. He is best known for his work with Swedish brand Rörstrand, one of the oldest ceramics manufacturers in Europe.
Born in Paris to a Danish mother and a Finnish-Swedish father, Nylund relocated several times before reaching adulthood. He fled the civil war in Finland to Denmark, where he completed his schooling in 1923. He then studied and apprenticed in ceramics in Helsinki before returning once more to Copenhagen to study architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.