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In 1936, Alvar Aalto’s series of glass vases won first prize in the 1936 Karhula-Iittala Glass Design Competition. Compared to the decorative objects of the time, the simple yet organic shape of this vase was a revolutionary statement. Since then, the Aalto vase has become a symbol of Finnish design and one of the most famous glass objects in the world.Each and every vase in the Alvar Aalto Collection continues to be mouthblown at the Iittala factory and comes in a wide range of colours and sizes. The collection is a staple of modern Scandinavian design and Iittala’s most iconic series. Additional items inspired by Aalto and created by Pentagon Design such as steel bowls, wooden platters and tealight candleholders can also be found in the Alvar Aalto Collection.
In 1936 Alvar Aalto shaped groundbreaking forms of glass, later known as Iittala’s Alvar Aalto Collection. This is where timeless design began for us. Versatile, always in season and made to last from generation to generation. This legacy together with the Nordic lifestyle of functional beauty is what has guided Iittala ever since.
At the core of this lasting design is unique craftmanship. Like all the glass items in the Aalto collection, also the two new vases and a bowl now being released from the original collection are created at our own Glass Factory in Finland. Using sophisticated methods like mouth blowing and hand cutting, each vase becomes an unparalleled work of design. They are the ever-contemporary centerpieces that carry the idea of lasting beauty from season to season, year to year.