2015 marked the a century 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. The 1968 Ultima Thule Glassware similarly references the icy cold reaches of Scandinavia and the distinct expressive power of glass as a medium. The unique melting texture of these pieces are achieved through specialized molds, the first of which were 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 Finnair’s first flights between Helsinki and New York. Iittala Ultima Thule is still loved today by modern and traditional enthusiasts for its timeless quality and charm.
First founded as a glassworks company in 1881, iittala is now a leading company in modern Finnish design producing a range of dinnerware, glassware and art pieces. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Finn or fan of Finnish design that doesn’t recognize the iittala logo, designed by Timo Sarpane... 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
The ultima Thule plates are my favorite. I have purchased 4 first, and gradually adding some more as they are not necessarily inexpensive. But for me it is worth the price, I love every aspect about this and they are gorgeous. It is a bit heavier than usual glass probably but that gives a sturdy feeling.
May 10, 2023
I just ordered 2 of these salad plates. They are beyond beautiful! I am so surprised at how much I love them. I am ordering 6 more. So useful and elegant. It makes anything from condiments to dessert just more special!
Happy Memories of Finland
September 21, 2022
I am so pleased with my purchase of these beautiful plates. It takes me back to my stays in Finland and the beautiful people that hosted me!
The ultimate salad plate
August 16, 2022
Classic design accents any table setting. Years ago we received a bowl in this design, now I am adding the dishes. Sparkling accents are reflected in this salad plate, inviting the guests to relax and enjoy. So happy to add this to my collection.
August 13, 2020
Perfect for salad or dessert . Also use it as a saucer underneath the same style berry bowl.
By T K.
July 2, 2020
exactly what I wanted - and my order was shipped very quickly. Thanks for the great service.
April 19, 2019
Gorgeous plate to start my collection
San Jose, CA
December 30, 2018
received as a gift. Very cute & durable.
December 5, 2018
Beautiful for special occasions and for everyday use. Unique design, interesting both visually and tactilely.
Finnstyle does an exceptional job packing everything for shipping.
durable and elegant
Simple yet stunning
January 16, 2018
I received those as a freebie from Finnstyle. They look great and are perfect in size for appetizers, dessert or a small salad.