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Iittala Alvar Aalto Collection

Vase 181mm clear


Architect Alvar Aalto's asymmetrical waves, "aalto" in Finnish, are an icon of Scandinavian interior design. The organically shaped glass vases combine function and sculpture, making sophisticated centrepieces at home. The 181mm vase was part of the original sketch series that Aalto drew for his entry in the Karhula-Iittala design competition in 1936. The clear glass showcases the wavy shape beautifully, complementing any decor. Each Aalto vase is meticulously handcrafted and mouth-blown at the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland. Going through a multi-step production process, the vase is first mouthblown, then hand-cut, and finally undergoes several polishings to achieve its perfect finish. The Aalto 181mm vase in clear glass makes for a timeless and thoughtful gift on a special occasion or a statement piece in your own home.

Product Article Number
15.1 cm
15.1 cm
18.1 cm
1.044 kg
  • Manufactured at Iittala glass factory
  • Material: Mouthblown glass
  • Wipe with a soft, dry cloth
  • Made in Finland
Alvar Aalto Collection

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. Inspired by waves (“aalto” in Finnish) in the water, the vase is 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 mouth blown at the Iittala factory and comes in a wide range of colors 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 votives can also be found in the Alvar Aalto Collection. 

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Iittala's designer Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is a recognized master of modern architecture and design. Born in Kuortane, Finland, Aalto began to make his distinct mark in design shortly after receiving his architectural degree from Helsinki Polytechnic in 1921. In 1924, Aalto married fellow architect Aino Marsio, creating a lifelong partnership that built an international design legacy. During his remarkable career, Aalto designed major public institutions including concert halls, museums, universities, libraries as well as private homes throughout the world. Aalto’s furniture and houseware designs derived organically from his architectural work.

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