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Beloved Finnish designer Oiva Toikka was famous for his limitless imagination, playful designs and vibrant glass art. We honour the boundless creativity of the legendary artist with our new collection, The Curious Mind of Oiva Toikka.
I don’t think it’s terribly important to play it safe. That has never been my thing – avoiding risks, trying to make it perfect. There are enough perfectionists around. –Oiva Toikka
Throughout his profound career, Toikka wasn’t afraid to deviate from the streamlined functionalism that characterised Nordic design in favour of colourful, artistic creations often inspired by nature.
I trust in accidents and misunderstandings. –Oiva Toikka
From his bold glass art collections like Birds by Toikka to his modular art pieces like the colourful Lollipops, Toikka’s design was fueled by a sense of daring curiosity. It was by combining that curiosity with his creativity and love of technical experimentation that Toikka created a distinct body of work that wasn’t limited by artistic boundaries.
I’ve always been on the borderline of good taste. I find it an entertaining neighbourhood. –Oiva Toikka
A few years ago, we came across three previously undiscovered boxes from when Toikka worked at the Iittala Glass Factory. Amongst the many wonderful drawings, there were patterns and sketches of pieces that we’ve never seen before.
After careful consideration with the Toikka family, it was decided that the world should see these new discoveries and celebrate the happiness that Toikka expressed in his designs. With The Curious Mind of Oiva Toikka, we bring these discoveries and Toikka’s joyful spirit to a new collection of home textiles, tableware, art prints and more.
I have always enjoyed myself. It's especially important for me that other people enjoy themselves as well. –Oiva Toikka
In the spirit of Toikka, we want to celebrate how you express your own personal style by inviting you to share the curious corners of your home with #iittalacuriouscorners.