Iittala is a Finnish design company specializing in glassware made on the principle of “modern Scandinavian design”. Many of the designs are originals from the 1930s and 50s, which are still in production today. We have a very large selection of all the amazing Iittala classic designs, from Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala and others. These are beautiful, collectable items which make perfect gifts and are sure to last many lifetimes.
“Since its unveiling in 1937 at the Paris World’s Fair, the Aalto vase has been an international sensation. Its mysterious shape has been the subject of much speculation; some say it is based on Aalto’s sketches entitled, “The Eskimo Woman’s Leather Breeches.” Others speculate that the fluid shape might be inspired by the lines of the Finnish landscape. Regardless of its questionable origins, one thing remains indisputable: its serene beauty.” (http://www.aalto.com)
Aalto vases are available in a variety of sizes and colors, starting at just $18.
“Ultima Thule” is an all-time favourite. The pattern on the glass is formed by the process of the glass burning the wooden molds. Thousands of hours were spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. These glasses were originally designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Finnish Airways in 1968. The drinking glasses feature three tiny “feet” which prevent them from toppling over during airplane turbulence. And for you design nerds out there, you might be interested to know Wirkkala also designed a Finlandia Vodka bottle to match!
Kaj Franck, called “the conscience of Finnish design”, is known for his simple, everyday minimalism. From a perfect coffee mug to a cereal bowl, to a water glass… they bring joy to everyday life. Available in a variety of colors, TEEMA dishes are designed to mix and match. Start with a few and add to your collection over time.
The KARTIO glassware line includes a smaller 210mL glass, a larger 400mL glass, and a 950mL carafe. Available in clear, or a variety of colors. These are classics you will use again and again.
We carry many more classic designs from Iittala. See the full selection here.