Since 1881, Iittala has been dedicated to inspiring better living. What began as a glass factory in a small village in Iittala, Finland has grown into an internationally known brand that has played a decisive role in defining the Nordic way of life.
Our roots are firmly planted in Finland and Nordic values are what guide us. For nearly a century and a half, our core set of values have helped us in creating design that is balanced, progressive and essential.
Design philosophy and heritage
In our early years, we produced glassware by blowing and pressing, according to continental models brought to the factory by glassblowers. Iittala’s distinct style started to evolve in the turn of the twentieth century to combine function and form over ornate and decorated style typical to the time.
We had our breakthrough in the 1930s and 1940s, during the early years of modernism and functionalism. Our now legendary collaborations with design pioneers like Alvar and Aino Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala helped shape our design philosophy: To create objects which by their progressive and functional, yet aesthetically pleasing design become timeless. Objects that stand for balance and a conscious way of life, designed to be enjoyed for a lifetime and over generations. We believe that good design is always designed with thought and with function in mind and should be equal for all. Everyone should have access to quality that never goes out of style.
Iittala’s work has always reflected the curious, innovative, and creative Nordic mindset. Iittala pushes the boundaries of design and craftsmanship with inspiration born out of the simple beauty of Nordic nature and its seasons. That’s how modern classics are made.
We value the social responsibility we’ve been given. Our focus on the essential means a continued commitment to timeless design and new solutions that don’t just create a better way of life but a more lasting, sustainable future.
In the end, actions speak louder than words. Iittala has always been transparent; proud to let customers, partners, and the community see that the company walks the talk in responsible actions. This is ongoing work that is never complete.
We promote sustainability with three long term commitments: a carbon neutral business, circular products and services and a positive impact.
Glass is at our core. Glass design and mastery of glass colours have always been and will always be fundamentally essential for us. For decades, we’ve utilized our unrivaled colour expertise to create 200 distinct glass colours that vary from the palest of shades to the darkest of hues.
We remain faithful to our heritage and are guided by the invaluable knowledge handed down to us by the master craftspeople who have been a part of our glass factory since 1881. The majority of our glass items, including the iconic Aalto vase are still made at the Iittala Glass Factory today.
DesignersOur collaborations with creative visionaries have helped build our global reputation. Every designer, collection, product, new material and innovation from our collaborations have shaped who we are, adding different layers to our story. We continue to seek out another generation of design pioneers who will move us forward while still respecting the qualities that make our design lasting, timeless and treasured for decades and generations to come.
Iittala logoIn 1956, designer Timo Sarpaneva created a red-and-white trademark, i-logo for his exquisite collection of delicate glass objects, the i-range. The symbol was later used for the entire Iittala brand. The lowercase “i” represents the blowing pipe and the glass bubble on the top of the pipe while the round shape is the kiln.
While we move forward, we will continue to stay grounded in who we are. We will always seek out new ways to inspire, experiment and stand for what matters.
Above all, we will remain faithful to the progressive ideas that keep shaping our way of life. Like the northern bedrock, Iittala stands strong for Nordic values.