Iittala was one of the first companies to move away from decorative dinner sets and forward towards functional objects for everyday use. The progressive ideas of Scandinavian design gained traction during the early years of modernism in the 1930s and 40s. Pioneers of functionalism like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck laid the foundation for the iittala brand. Today, their designs remain staples of iittala dining & entertaining because of their timelessness, functionality and durabiltity. Iittala dining & entertaining pieces are also valued for their combinability. Iittala dinnerware, glassware, flatware and serving pieces are able to be mixed and matched across collection to create a compelling tablescape that is still clean, cohesive, and beautiful in its simplicity.
iittala glassware and dinnerware are timeless designs meant to last a lifetime. Iittala craftsmen create objects that will forever useful and can be combined with both new and past iittala pieces from famed designers such as Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. These glassware and dinnerware pieces have been in production for decades and illustrate just how timeless the iittala design approach is.