Ultima Thule is the highlight of Tapio Wirkkala’s extensive career. The glass series features a unique, ice-like surface that Wirkkala developed. His signature shapes come in carefully selected sizes and his characteristic rounded based floats above the surface, supported by three little ice peaks. The range utilises the full potential of glass, making it one of the most valued and cherished glass series of all time.
Ultima Thule was named after the ancient myth of an ice-covered island located far north beyond the borders of the known world.
Wirkkala’s technique at the glass factory was characterised by a strong sense of craftsmanship that kept with the approach of the great masters of his time: he worked closely with glassblowers to discover the best technical methods for making his objects. This teamwork gave rise to new surface patterns, which are exemplified in Ultima Thule, a series of glassware from 1968 with a distinctly Arctic feel. Finnish nature—one of Wirkkala’s most important sources of inspiration—makes its presence felt in Ultima Thule.