Imperfections by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Iittala presents an exhibition by designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec during Stockholm Design Week 2020. The exhibition reflects the relationship between the perfect and imperfect in nature and design; with attention on the charm of the imperfections. In the exhibition, Iittala introduces new ceramic objects and art pieces in glass. The exhibition takes place at the Wetterling Gallery. A calming installation featuring new objects by Matti Klenell and Philippe Malouin can be also experienced at the gallery.

Wetterling Gallery 
Kungsträdgården 3

Opening times
February 4—7, 2020
Tue—Fri 11—18


Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have worked with Iittala for almost a decade. In 2015 Iittala introduced Ruutu (‘diamond’ in Finnish), a mouthblown glass vase that takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce in the Iittala Glass Factory. Ruutu vases are an example of Iittala’s unique colour expertise and the vases can be combined to make seamless installations. When combined, the light filters through the vases creating a vibrant watercolour like palette.

In spring 2020 the collection will be complemented with ceramic vases which have the same simple, symmetrical shape. Ceramic Ruutu vases are hollow casted and finished by hand. The especially thin layer of enamel gives a feeling of depth to the material.

Mouthblown art pieces

Iittala will introduce new art pieces by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at the Wetterling Gallery exhibition including large Ruutu glass vases with special engraving. The new vases will come in an impressive size of 500mm which makes them extremely challenging to produce. Creating a vase of this scale demands the expertise of the most skilled glassblowers at the Iittala Glass Factory. The larger size limits blowers to only blowing a couple of vases within a single workday. The use of wooden molds provides fluidity and a vibrant feel to the mouthblown glass. The vases will be available in moss green, copper, rain and clear.

Ruutu 500 mm special edition art pieces are available in following Iittala stores and at from 1 March:

Iittala Store Esplanadi
Iittala Store Amos Rex
Iittala Store Iittala & Arabia Design Centre
Iittala Outlet Iittala 

Central Europe
Iittala Store Amsterdam van Baerle, Netherlands
Iittala Store Kurfürstendamm, Berlin
Iittala Store Antwerpen, Belgium 

Iittala Store Kunsgatan 

Find the Iittala Store contact details here.

For the exhibition, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have also designed bespoke glass flowers.

“We wanted to create glass flowers that were a combination of two opposite materials: delicate glass and rough iron. One is mouthblown to life and the other one is hammered into the desired shape. There is something sensual in both materials although the techniques are completely different,” Ronan Bouroullec explains.


The exhibition explores the subtle balance between imperfect and perfect. In nature, everything is mass produced. Yet every product is unique with its little imperfections. 

“I find perfection extremely boring. The mystery of imperfection creates beauty and charm to an object. The charm is the balance between the perfect and the imperfect. Good objects have a long-lasting charm like a good song that can be enjoyed over and over for the next fifty years,” describes Ronan Bouroullec.