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Akar Design: Art, Architecture and Design.
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Aino Aalto designed functionalism-inspired housewares for contemporary homes. Her approach was steeped in the Modernism architectural style which emphasized an honest use of materials and affordable mass production. One of Aalto’s most notable designs for Iittala is her pressed glassware, inspired by the circles that form when a stone is thrown ...
Design pioneer Alvar Aalto combined simple design with a craftsman’s expertise to create iconic pieces of home design that are functional and sculptural. Inspired by his native Finnish landscape, Aalto’s asymmetrical waves have been a timeless symbol of Scandinavian design since winning the 1937 Paris World Fair. Each unique Aalto bowl goes thro...
Inspired by the thousands of lakes in his native Finland, design legend Alvar Aalto’s fluid waves (“aalto” in Finnish) shape made quite a splash when it won the 1937 Paris World Fair. Since then, it’s become a timeless symbol of Scandinavian home design. The legendary Aalto vase seamlessly combines form and function. Each unique glass vase goes ...
Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish design. His iconic collection of Iittala Birds by Toikka first took flight back in 1972 with the creation of his small glass Flycatchers. The collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions and would not have been possible without Toikka’s hands-on-approach at the glassworks and his...
Internationally acclaimed architect Antonio Citterio and industrial designer Glen Oliver Löw’s Collective Tools has achieved multiple awards and global recognition for its outstanding mix of design, function and innovation. Each utensil in the collection instantly feels comfortable in the hand and is easy to use. Clean, minimalist design in bru...
In Kartio Kaj Franck captured the perfect balance between material and geometric form. Simple, yet durable enough for everyday use, Franck mastered the creation of the basic drinking glass, which is a legendary design beyond any trend. The wide and versatile color palette of Kartio perfectly represents Iittala’s knowledge of colored glass
The Finnish name for ‘dewdrop’ refers to the circles of bubbles in the pressed glass. Inspired by Finnish nature, the dewdrops glisten like a string of pearls on grass in the morning sun. Oiva Toikka’s love for experimentation led to the creation of an entirely new droplet design for Kastehelmi. The resulting surface structure brings out the li...