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Iittala’s design roots anchor deep into Finnish design heritage. Since its establishment in the Finnish town of Iittala in 1881, the brand has created timeless design that seamlessly merges aesthetics and functionality. In fact, Iittala was one of the first brands that tended to producing functional, rather than solely decorative dinnerware, characterized by what was to become the typical Scandinavian design that we know today.
Some of Iittala’s most legendary designers include Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck, two pioneers on the Scandinavian design spheres who contributed to Iittala’s big break-through in the 1930’s and 40’s. Both designers helped shape Iittala’s legacy; to give the people design that is both beautiful and functional.
It is evident that every single one of Iittala’s exquisite designs is well thought through, not only when it comes to the design, but in terms of functionality and quality alike. The designs are made to be used, made to enrich.
This sustainable mindset has contributed to a broad assortment of products that not only includes contemporary designs, but also ranges that have been in production for over 80 years - a testament to the quality, timelessness and demand for Iittala’s products. Some of the most famous collections include Kartio, Essence and Kastehelmi. However, Iittala’s most iconic designs is unarguably the Aalto vase, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936, which has become to be one of Finland’s most iconic design products of all time.