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Design classics – Iittala Aalto vase

March 1, 2013

After a break our monthly Design Classics series returns today. As we head into March we are adding the fantastic Aalto vase from Iittala to our hall of fame.

Iittala Alto vase

Designed by Alvar Aalto this vase was first seen at the 1937 Paris World Exposition and nearly 80 years later is still a firm favourite of Iittala customers worldwide. The vases are still blown by hand in the Iittala factory in Finland and each vase goes through a process involving seven craftsman.

Aalto Vase

Over the years the Aalto collection has grown and now includes vases of different sizes and many colours. The classic 160mm vase is available in ten colours including dark lilac, turquoise and flaming red. Interestingly the process required to perfect the different colours results in differing prices, red is the most expensive to produce. The full Aalto collection also includes tea light holders, bowls and wooden serving platters.

Aalto collection

Alvar Aalto is without doubt on of the most acclaimed architects and designers to come from Finland. He was strongly influenced by the beauty of the natural landscape of his home country, and these organic elements can be seen in much of his work. He designed many buildings within the Nordic region and beyond, including the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. To learn more about his workings and beliefs you can visit the Alvar Aalto museum – it is well worth a visit.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2013 4:54 pm

    Great post Andrew. I love this vase also and have a large one and a miniature one. They are so beautiful on their own or with flowers – just a perfect object.

    I wrote a post about this back in 2010 []. It’s said that the shape comes from the lakes around where he grew up and that he wanted the vases to make the water feel like it was moving. Such a nice story for it.

    • June 11, 2013 5:56 pm

      Interesting post Daniel – the story about the shape is one I hadn’t heard. Love my vase .. and want more 🙂

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