Walking down a street in Finland on the evening of December 6th, you’ll see a flickering glow from the windows of each home. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1920s as a silent protest against Russian oppression. Two candles were placed in windows to let Finnish soldiers know that the house was safe shelter from the Russian military. While there is no longer a need for this secret signal today, the practice lives on a century later in Finland to celebrate Finnish independence; but you too can join in the tradition wherever you are.
A flickering tealight will be even more enchanting behind the rain-hued glass of this candle holder. In modern literature, Ultima Thule is used to reference the furthest possible place in the world. Tapio Wirkkala’s 1968 Ultima Thule glassware similarly references the icy cold reaches of Scandinaiva and the distinct expressive power of Finnish glass. This beautiful texture is achieved through a time-laboring technique, in which the molten glass burns the surface of the wooden molds. Beautifully boxed, it makes an excellent gift in addition to ambiance for your own home this season.
Price is for one boxed candle holder. Fits standard tealight. Candle not included.
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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
This little candle holder, in a beautiful steel blue color, is a perfect hostess gift.
ProsClassic Ultima Thule Design, Color
Mount Horeb, WI
December 21, 2019
Purchased a number of these to keep around for last-minute gifts. Super cute and high quality.
December 21, 2019
Love the color!
Saint Paul, MN
August 18, 2019
Various ittala tea light holders are scattered throughout our home. Before guests arrive I light the candles based on where folks will gather. Trust me, guests settle in, take a breath and stay. Days or nights when I'm alone - I often do the same.
ProsCan be used year round.
great piece to sen as a gift
July 31, 2019
All recipients fondly appreciate this gift
December 7, 2018
Love the Ultima pattern and have many pieces of the glassware. This new color is beautiful.