Designer Harri Koskinen and Iittala have embarked on a journey of discovery into the world of glass, colour and optics. For this exhibition, Koskinen, who works extensively both in the arts and industrial design, has created unique optical objects, lenses, and prisms made of coloured glass.
The focal point of exhibition is not only Koskinen’s design work, but also how glass reflects, bends, distorts and scatters light.
Each object on display celebrates the beauty of melted glass – both its brilliant colour and tantalising imperfection. Koskinen worked as a designer at Iittala at the turn of the millennium and is now the company’s creative director, so he is no stranger to exploring the creative potential of glass. In fact, for him, glass is a demanding material that requires exceptional skill and discipline from both designers and glassblowers. However, in the right hands, glass can be formed into the desired elements.
“Specific forms provide the organic and plastic material with sought-after character and space,” says Koskinen.