Slim and sporting a low-profile design, the Beak Water Carafe by Nude Glass is named for its magnified pouring spout. Like a graceful egret, the Beak takes on a whimsical aspect while pouring water easily from its namesake beak. Harkening ...Description:
Named for its magnified pouring spout, the Beak Wine Carafe resembles a bird, down to the way the slim profile mimics its form factor. Designed by Tomas Kral, the Beak easily pours wine onto drinking vessels with ease, minimizing any ...Description:
A dapper piece of modern glassware, hand-blown by artisanal craftsmen. The MERA Drinking Glass Set of 2 from Blomus enhances dining room table arrangements with a classy, sophisticated appearance. The attention to detail of the glassblowers jumps out in the ...Description:
The Iittala Taika Coupe Bowl is brought back with a more elaborate design to celebrate the collection's 10th anniversary. The classic illustration is inspired by ancient folklore and mythology, which aims to evoke an air of whimsy and storytelling. An ...Description:
The Iittala Taika Dinner Plate - Black features a monotone graphic print inspired by ancient tales' and Scandinavian culture. These ornate plates are surprisingly sturdy, ready for the oven, dishwasher and microwave. An easy way to spruce up any meal. ...Make mealtime one of enchantment with the Iittala ...Description:
Make mealtime one of enchantment with the Iittala Taika Dinner Plate. The vibrant pattern has a magical quality inspired by traditional Scandinavian motifs. While appearing delicate, the ceramic plate is actually quite strong, able to endure cold and the heat ...
The Iittala Story
In 1881, a small glass factory was founded in the little town of Iittala, Finland. Its blown, pressed, polished, painted and etched glass was high quality...but, at least from a design perspective, not highly original. That all changed during the modernism period of the 1930s and 40s, when famed Finnish designers Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck became involved in Iittala glassware design. From there, Iittala made the permanent transition from ornate dinner sets to simplified and functional--yet still highly beautiful--glasses, dinnerware, cookware, vases and other decorative home accessories.Read More
Why We Love Iittala
Embracing the boundary-pushing design philosophies of Aino and Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck has kept Iittala on the cutting edge of Scandinavian glassware production since the 1930s. This has included expanding material offerings from just glass to porcelain, wood, stainless steel and cast iron. Iittala designers work in close collaboration with glass blowers and other craftspeople to create pieces of unequaled quality and inventiveness. While certainly high design items ideal for formal occasions, Iittala pieces are also unfussy, functional and fun, making them more than suitable for everyday use.
A Fun Fact About Iittala
In order to create a single wavy Alvar Aalto vase, it takes a team of 7 skilled craftsmen, 12 work stages, 1100 degrees Celsius and 30 hours to take it through all the needed steps of production.
Noteworthy Products By Iittala
Iittala's successful expansion into materials beyond glass is ideally exemplified by the Collective Tools collection. Designed by Antonio Citterio, this array of stainless steel utensils is sleek and functional and--despite the fact that Citterio is Italian--a lovely representation of modern Scandinavian design.