Gaissa was designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1973. The mouth blown, classical barware is available in three sizes. The glasses have rocky bottoms and thin walls that reflect the lucid qualities of ice. Wirkkala's derived much of his design inspiration from nature such as ice formations and the way water flows. Gaissa embodies the powerful impact of the arctic climate on Wirkkala’s aesthetic.

Iittala Designer Tapio Wirkkala


Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art. Wirkkala's wide ranging portfolio spans from glass, furniture and product design to sculpture, city planning, art, graphics and even creating banknotes for the Finnish treasury. Throughout his incredibly productive career, Wirkkala received numerous awards including three gold medals at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal and the Prince Eugen Medal.

In 1946, Wirkkala won his first design award in a competition sponsored by Iittala that would mark a lifelong relationship with lasting effects on his career and the company. As Iittala’s artistic director, Wirkkala’s unique artistic vision helped establish the company’s global reputation. Throughout his legendary career, the uniquely talented artist created more than four hundred glass objects for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series remain popular today.