Throughout the years the Finnish design brand Iittala has been creating timeless, Scandinavian design that has enriched people's lives through generations. Iittala is known worldwide for its innovative glass and tableware collections, which you can find here at Nordic Nest.
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The Finnish brand Iittala is known around the world for their glass, kitchenware and other home design objects. With an assortment including iconic design series such as Teema, Kastehelmi and Essence, Iittala has glass and tableware for all occasions. The Iittala collections not only includes drinking glasses and wine glasses, but also plates, mugs and vases.. Iittala truly is Scandinavian glassware and tableware at its finest.
Ittala’s designer collaborations
Iittala is famous for working with talented, revolutionary designers. One of these being the world renowned Alvar Aalto. For him, design was about more than just creating beautiful objects. Alvar Aalto valued function and accessibility just as much as the looks itself. To this day, Iittala works closely with designers from around the world to continuously create innovative design products of the highest quality.
What are the most popular Iittala collections?
Iittala has numerous famous collections. Some of their most popular ones include:
This collection was born when Alvar Aalto presented his entry in a vase competition held by Iittala. The vase became a symbol not only for Finnish, but also Scandinavian design. All the vases in this collection are made in the Iittala glass factory, mouth blown by some of the best glass blowers in the world.
The Teema Collection is a classic series of tableware of elegant and simplistic design, suitable for every occasion. The various plates, mugs and bowls in this collection are available in a variety of different colours and can easily be combined with other collections.
The Kastehelmi Collection was originally designed in 1964 by the Finnish designer Oiva Toikka. In 2010, Iittala relaunched this famous collection.
How does Iittala approach sustainability?
Iittala strives to design and produce products of true timeless quality that can be passed on from generation to generation. The Finnish brand is continuously working towards making their assortment of products more sustainable.
Iittala works strategically to reduce the environmental impact of their production and expects the same from their partners. Iittala's collaborators are required to sign a code of conduct before any collaborative effort is initiated.
Iittala supports environmental causes
In addition to their efforts to reduce their own environmental footprint, Iittala sponsors organizations dedicated to environmental issues and that protect the environment.
100% recycled glass
In 2019 Iittala's Raami collection was complemented with a new limited-edition glass made exclusively with glass waste from their own production. Iittala's glass factory is one of the first in the world to produce glass entirely from glass waste.
Is Iittala glass dishwasher safe?
Yes, most Iittala glass products are safe to clean in a dishwasher. However, make sure to wipe off water left from the washing procedure, as they can leave unsightly water stains if left to dry on their own.
The history of Iittala
The Finnish designer brand Iittala has achieved fame primarily through their production of glass design objects. The internationally celebrated brand dates back to 1881 when a glasswork was founded in the small village Iittala in southern Finland. In the decades to come they expanded its range with high quality ceramic and metal products.
Iittala’s design philosophy
Iittala was early with successfully transitioning from producing decorative tableware to functional and aesthetically pleasing. The company aims to produce practical products that enrich the everyday life of their customers. With high quality products of timeless design, Iittala creates products that never go out of style.