Hip hip hurray! It’s time to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of Iittala’s most well known pieces; the Aalto vase. The Alvar Aalto vase collection has become an international icon of Finnish design and a much-loved gift for design lovers around the world. Each vase is skillfully mouth-blown and hand-crafted at the Iittala glassworks in Finland.
The man behind the Aalto vase
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is widely considered one of the masters of modern architecture and design. He was a functionalist who developed his unique style by combining rational architecture with a vividly organic idiom. His works are internationally acclaimed and landmark many Finnish towns from the tuberculosis sanatorium of Paimio to the university campus of Jyväskylä, the administrative centre of Seinäjoki town and of course the Finlandia hall in Helsinki. Aalto’s furniture for Artek and the glass vase collection for Iittala are loved by design addicts all around the world.
The most skilled craftmanship
Aalto vases are mouth blown every day at Iittala, Finland. It takes 7 craftsmen, 12 work stages, 1100 °C and 10 hours to make a single Aalto vase. The skillful craftsmen of the Iittala glass factory have dedicated themselves to keeping tradition alive; every single Aalto vase is individually made.
The Aalto vase has always been a highly popular gift item. The wide range of forms and colours has provided even the most demanding gift giver with plenty of choices. When you give someone an Aalto product, you can be sure that the gift will hold its value for a lifetime and will be appreciated by the next generation.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Aalto Collection, Iittala is launching amazing new products. The key sizes of the range will be available in nostalgic Emerald green. The colour refers to Alvar Aalto’s wife, Aino Aalto. A similar shade was present in the original Aino Aalto collection in 1932. The plywood Alvar Aalto serving tray in two sizes pays homage to Aalto’s connection to organic forms, materials and nature. The tray makes a serene interior object or a serving platter for fruits.
Image source: Iittala