The root of iittala goes back to 1881, where a glass factory was founded in Iittala, Finland. But due to the lack of skilled glassworkers in Finland, iittala was brought over to Sweden. Through many transitions, iittala finally came into being in the 1920s to 30s. At this time, innovators like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, and Kaj Franck were the ones who led iittala's brand. The foundation of iittala's design philosophy was set by Aalto and Franck's thinking which was to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.
Although iittala's brand was led by great innovators, it wasn't until the general strike in 1956 when iittala finally found its logo. Timo Sarpaneva who played an important role at iittala decided to use his spare time during the strike to develop new color shades for his everyday glassware. It was then when his “i-linja” (“i-line”) range came out with the red circle i-logo on it that inspired iittala to use it to serve as the symbol of the company.
To this day, the "i" logo still serves as the symbol of iittala as the master of many materials. The symbol is pressed on iittala's wide range of everlasting glassware, cookware and art pieces. So, when you see the official "i" logo you'll know that you are receiving iittala's true craftsmanship made with quality, thought, and function.