2015 marked the 100th anniversary since Tapio Wirkkala’s birth, and this dewdrop-kissed plate is the perfect commemoration and celebration of his life and works. In classic literature, Ultima Thule is used to reference the furthest possible place in the world. Designed in 1968, the Ultima Thule Glassware similarly references the icy cold reaches of Scandinavia. The unique melting texture of these pieces are achieved through specialized molds, the first of which were made by Wirkkala himself. Iittala Ultima Thule is still loved today by modern and traditional enthusiasts for its timeless quality and charm.
Last four secondary images courtesy of Dans le Lakehouse. Click here to see more of her lake-inspired table setting, which features these iittala Ultima Thule Dinner Platess.
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
Love the iittala Ultima plates!! Visitors from Finland brought some plates 20 years ago and sadly I broke 2 that day. Over time I've replaced the broken ones and can't stop adding to my collection (glasses and serving ware also). Just love the pattern.