A special edition bowl in Tapio Wirkkala’s celebrated Ultima Thule series is not only ideal for enjoying cereal or sorbet but a wonderful way to honor the designer who was born a century ago. Still loved for the unique story it tells with glass as a medium, Ultima Thule is a classic literature reference to the furthest possible place and pays homage to the icy beauty of the Finnish landscape. The unique melting texture of the glass is achieved through a specialize mold, the first of which was made by Wirkkala himself. Though a break from the typical clean-lined nature of Nordic design, the extraordinary collection gained popularity after being used on the Finnair’s first flights between Helsinki and New York. Iittala Ultima Thule is still loved today by modern and traditional enthusiast for its timeless quality and charm.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Finn or fan of Finnish design that doesn’t recognize the iittala logo, designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956 and inspired by his “i-line” range. The logo serves as a symbol of quality craftsmanship, timeless design, and thoughtful functionality. Many collectors ... More iittala
From graphic art to banknotes, Finnish-born Tapio Wirkkala's portfolio is a quite arguably one of the most versatile. Still, he is most widely known for his wonderful work with glass. Texture plays a big role in Wirkkala's creative portfolio. His 1952 "Tapio" glassware experiments with air ... More Tapio Wirkkala