BRAND STORY
January 2020
 

Annual colour linen

Flax fields, a fresh cool breeze under the hot, humid sun… these are just some of the inspirations for our new annual colour, linen. Using the colour expertise of the artisans at the Iittala Glass Factory, linen-coloured glass retains a high natural luster that beautifully showcases design details. Its refined warmth brings a casual sophistication that pairs elegantly with a wide array of colours and mixes especially well with plants and flowers.

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Iittala Journal
September 2019
 

Bye authentic food, hello bastard food

‘Bastard cooking’ is a term coined by two nomads: Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi and Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, who kick authenticity’s ass in their recently released ‘Bastard Cookbook’. They show what happens when rules are broken and cultures collide, and what flavours make beautiful marriages: pad thai macaroni, curry pizza, fish sauce ice cream, sticky rice and strawberries with Finnish archipelago bread.

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Iittala Journal
September 2019
 

“Making art is not mythical, it is part of life” Nathalie Du Pasquier

In the early 1980s French born Nathalie Du Pasquier was one of the young founding members of the Milan-based Memphis collective. From their groundbreaking debut in 1981 until the dissolvement of the group in 1987, Nathalie worked as a designer, creating textiles, carpets, plastic laminates, furniture and objects. Her pattern designs—a fusion of geometrical and organic shapes in strong colour explosions—played a visible part in defining what Memphis was.

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COLLECTION
May 2019
 

Siimes brings spring to the table

Siimes is a new addition to Taika series with fresh and bright colours. The designer of the new pattern, as well as the entire Taika series, is Klaus Haapaniemi. Klaus Haapaniemi's distinctive style: mystical and folkloristic patterns that tell stories of animals from the northern forests adorn the topography of Siimes plates and mugs. Deers, wood grouses and hedgehogs bring new characters to the series and the familiar colours of Taika get a new spring-like feel.

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Brand story
April 2019
 

The sea is a mirror

In the North, the sea is an ever-changing portrait of the four seasons. Its winds usher in icy waves of winter, and it gifts us with warm rays of sun in the summer. It has the power to give and nurture life. Sea Blue is a reflection of the colours that hide above and below the surface. It is a reminder of what it feels like to dip into the cold water and how the tireless waves calm us down. It takes our thoughts to the sunny days in the archipelago and the balmy evenings by the quiet sea.

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Journal
October 2018
 

Inventing, improving, enjoying

A former garage in Stockholm’s Södermalm district functions as the studio of Matti Klenell, known for his distinctive glass art and designs for companies like Iittala, Moooi and Källemo. It’s a space that allows for creative experiments and acts as a base for the designer in between his many travels. We sat down with Klenell to talk about creativity, inspiration and his most ambitious project to date—the new restaurant at Sweden’s renovated national gallery.

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Collection
August 2018
 

The ultimate Ultima Thule

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.

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Brand story
April 2018
 

Psychology of colour

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.

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Designer
August 2017
 

Meet the team behind Teema Tiimi

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.

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Designer
April 2017
 

Model house by Alfredo Häberli for Baufritz, Germany

"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.

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