Tapio Wirkkala 1968
2015 marks 100 years since the birth of Tapio Wirkkala. Wirkkala designed a significant proportion of his work for Iittala - the most famous being Ultima Thule.
Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, Wirkkala originally created the surface of Ultima Thule in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mould. An exclusive design reflecting the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect.
To honour the great designer and the centenary, Iittala expands the Ultima Thule series. Two plates of different sizes, a glass for sparkling wine and a pitcher have returned to the series. A new sturdy beer glass will also join the product range. Iittala has also selected four schnapps glasses by Wirkkala, one from each decade, for a limited-edition centenary gift set. The set includes Tapio (1954), Ultima Thule (1968), Niva (1972) and Kaleva (1980) glasses.