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Introducing Our Companies- Iittala from Finland

Posted on March 17 2016

Introducing Our Companies- Iittala from Finland
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Introducing Our Companies- Iittala from Finland

The roots of Iittala date back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland.

Iittala was one of the first companies to make the transition from decorative dinner sets to functional, aesthetically pleasing objects infused with progressive Scandinavian design.

The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck who led the development of the Iittala brand. Their belief was that objects should always be designed with thought and make them available for everyone. It was Aalto's and Franck's thinking that set the foundation for the Iittala design philosophy: to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.

The core idea behind Iittala is to offer aesthetically and functionally durable products that bring enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life, whether it is about dining, creating a mood or storing small items at home.

All Iittala objects are thought through in form, function and quality. All aim to achieve long-lasting everyday use and inspiration. Iittala objects are designed to be combined, with different designs across series, as well as with existing home environments.

Iittala believes that people have the right to expect the design they buy to last a lifetime. We believe quality never goes out of fashion. The effort put into quality design has paid off: the Iittala collection includes not only new design but also items that have been around for more than 80 years.

Some of the famous designers of Iittala series:
Alvar and Aino Aalto
Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck 
Timo Sarpaneva 
Klaus Haapaniemi
Harri Koskinen
Lotta Olsson
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

My personal favourite is this fascinating video of the award winning Ruutu design production by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. They have been featured in many exhibitions including the Design Museum in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Recently they have been exhibiting at the Centre Pompidou Metz, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at the Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

ScandiDesign is proud to have the most affordable prices for Iittala in North-America. I have saved you time so you don't have to waste time comparing the different websites and their prices. 

You can browse here for the beautiful designs of Iittala:

If you are looking to adding style to your table, Iittala is your choice. 

Hopefully you are amazed by Iittala and have an enjoyable day,

Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When collected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive. Like Ittala’s iconic Alvar Aalto collection, Ruutu is also created in Iittala’s Finland factory. Each vase is a simplified masterpiece taking seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce in the Iittala glass factory.
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By always pushing the boundaries, Iittala stays timeless. The Essence Plus range of wine glasses changes the way we talk about wines, by shifting focus from colour to character. This contemporary twist of a classic design adapts to the users actual lifestyle, where the interest for wine is becoming more and more popular. By enhancing the taste sensation, Essence Plus glass makes your enjoyment complete.The Essence Plus series has been discontinued as of December 2015. The series is available as long as stock lasts. If you want to ensure you have matching glasses this is your time to order. 
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Tanssi - meaning ‘dance’ in Finnish - is a new tableware collection illustrated by London-based Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. The Tanssi pattern has been inspired by the visual designs by Klaus Haapaniemi for the Finnish National Opera production of The Cunning Little Vixen, a Czech opera by Leoš Janáček.
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