Iittala – Scandinavian design from Finland

What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. The company believe objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression.

As a company based in Finland, where quality, aesthetics and functionality are important values, Iittala believes in interior design that lasts a lifetime. The progressive philosophy of their design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires them to keep Iittala forever relevant.

The core idea behind Iittala is to offer aesthetically and functionally durable products that bring enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life, whether it is about dining, creating a mood or storing small items at home.

All Iittala objects are thought through in form, function and quality. All aim to achieve long-lasting everyday use and inspiration. Iittala objects are designed to be combined, with different designs across series, as well as with existing home environments.

Highly-skilled, experienced professionals in every part of the design and production process are essential in making Iittala what it is. A vast amount of human skills, effort and thought is required to create an object of quality. The road from an idea to a finished product is a close collaboration between designers and glassblowers.

Craftsmanship forms the basis of all Aalto vases, which are mouth blown every day at Iittala, Finland. For instance, it takes a team of seven skilled craftsmen, twelve work stages, 1100 °C and 30 hours to take an Aalto vase through all its steps in production. Each team member goes through years of intense training in the many areas of glass craftsmanship in order to learn the skills to create the vase. And yes, every single Aalto vase is unique.

Iittala’s design values are based on the progressive philosophy of our design pioneers. Visionary thinking by designers goes hand in hand with the knowledge and experience needed in the production of quality items. This traditional but vivid cooperation continues to drive the Iittala product development today.

Here is a selection of the various pieces available …