The Kaasa tealight candleholder is inspired by designer Ilkka Suppanen’s own experiences as an avid sailor. Drawing upon the multi-colored lights that mariners use to guide them through the challenging Finnish waterways, Kaasa comes in a rich yet gentle palette of colors aimed to recreate the same warm feeling of security similar to that of the safety lights at sea. The well-thought out details are best seen as the spark of the candle plays with the thin glass and metal base to create a soft, glowing light.

Iittala Designer Ilkka Suppanen


llkka Suppanen (b. 1968) is one of the world’s best known contemporary Finnish architects and designers. His Helsinki studio offers integrated strategic design in the fields of interior, product and concept design, architecture and brand development. Suppanen’s ongoing interest in production techniques and new materials and usages is visible in a large part of his work. Clients include Axis, Cappellini, Lucente, Nokia, and Saab. Suppanen’s work has exhibited at MoMa in New York, Milan Furniture Fair and Venice Architecture Biennale. He has also received many international awards, including the Swedish Bruno Mathsson Prize and the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize in 2015. Suppanen’s Fireplace for Iittala won the 2009 Fennia Prize.