Iittala honored Tapio Wirkkala’s centennial in 2015 by showcasing a number of the design legend’s pieces. A significant portion of Wirkkala’s profound career was at Iittala, with the versatile artist creating nearly four hundred objects over his forty year relationship with the company. The most famous of these works is the Ultima Thule, which was inspired by the melting ice in Lapland. Wirkkala originally created the surface of Ultima Thule in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mold.
Ultima Thule is an exclusive design which reflects the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. Iittala expanded the Ultima Thule series as part of the centennial celebration. Two plates of different sizes, a glass for sparkling wine and a pitcher have returned to the series. A new sturdy beer glass also joined the product range.