Iittala embraces the essence of Nordic living. It is about functional yet refined aesthetics, but it’s also about a deep respect for the progressive ideas that that shape our way of life. For us, design is a human issue. It is a way of looking forward.
We are all curious. We are all pioneers. We cherish progress and never settle or cease to strive for something better. The longing for better living is an undefined feeling within us that constantly pushes us onwards. It is a way of looking forward. A hunger for better.
Light is an essential part of Nordic life. From the eternal midnight of winter to the limitless sunshine in the summer. Embrace the darker season with soft ambience, created with light. It may be the glow of a candle flame or the soft radiance of a delicate lamp, use light to create the perfect ambience.
Richard McCormick is a Helsinki-based chef, restaurateur and food visionary. He rose to fame in 2013 with the Moroccan- and Middle East -inspired restaurant Sandro. Several restaurant enterprises later, Richard McCormick's newest restaurant, YesYesYes, opened in November 2017. The new restaurant and bar focuses on vegetarian dishes.
When the ice starts to melt after a long winter, it draws its ebb and flow across the snow-covered land. Inspired by the melting ice of the far north in Lapland, Ultima Thule is Tapio Wirkkala’s most famous work. It is the epitome of Nordic craftsmanship — the result of thousands of hours spent perfecting the glassblowing technique required to produce its signature undulations. It carries within it both the light and the shadows of untamed wilderness.
Combine your favourite flowers with floral foundlings to create your perfect bouquet. Match delicate florets with thorny stems and fresh blossoms with beautifully wilted leaves. Forget the rules and follow your instincts.
Wild Things is a new kind of flower shop in Helsinki. Situated in the heart of the design district the store sells lush and wild weekly flower bouquets and a selection of evergreen plants.
Vieno Motors is an anarko-florist performance initiated by visual artist Ilona Valkonen. During the performance artists tie flowers with other materials, such as old electric wires or leftover pieces of household pipes, resulting in imaginative arrangements and wild wearable pieces.
Iittala is known around the world for its expertise as a producer of coloured glass. We have over 100 years of experience in producing this type of glass and are committed to further developing our capabilities in this area. Getting the most out of glass and developing an extensive colour palette calls for a thorough understanding of the materials used and a willingness to experiment. Colour know-how is part of the heritage of our glassworks.
Iittala’s Design Talk at Iittala’s flagship store in Stockholm’s Östermalm brought together professionals of colour to talk about the importance of hues and shades. Matti Klenell, Lotta Agaton, Katri Saarikivi and Jeremiah Tesolin took a deep dive into colours and their effect on us, our well-being and our brains.
Iittala’s iconic Teema tableware range was created in 1952 by the master of Finnish everyday design, Kaj Franck. When designed, it was a revolutionary concept: uni-coloured, simplified objects were created in opposition to the decorative, full dinner sets that predominated at the time. The smallest details ensure each dish is perfect for use, multi-functional, stackable and suitable for everyday use as well as festive occasions.
"I wanted to design a case study house by the time I was 50," says Häberli. "Not for me personally, but one that sets an example. One that makes a contribution through its aesthetics and its inherent way of thinking. That was my dream." Häberli got a chance to fulfill his dream in designing a model home for Baufritz, revealing new dimensions of ecological and healthy wooden architecture while showcasing expert timber construction.
Designer Harri Koskinen and Iittala have embarked on a journey of discovery into the world of glass, colour and optics. For this exhibition, Koskinen, who works extensively both in the arts and industrial design, has created unique optical objects, lenses, and prisms made of coloured glass.
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