Finnish design legend Alvar Aalto's asymmetrical, fluid wave design for Iittala is an iconic symbol of modern Nordic interior design. Each unique Aalto vase and bowl is mouthblown at the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland, hand cut and then polished several times.
Dimensions: 22cm high
Hand wash only.
The elegant 220 mm vase in the Alvar Aalto Collection is a variation of similar tall vases presented at the Finnish pavilion as part of 1939 World's fair in New York. The new size and model is functional for various types of flower settings and with its soft, wave-like curves the vase allows flowers and twigs to find their place naturally. The vase is mouth-blown at the Iittala glass factory.
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The heart of Iittala's design philosophy is formulated along Kaj Franck's early thinking. According to Franck, "objects should always be appropriate, durable and functional." This is why one of the most important functions of design is to make sure that objects designed for everyday use should be universally usable. Even earlier than Franck, Alvar Aalto made waves in the 1930s when the now iconic Aalto vase was first presented at the Paris World Exhibition.
With this mysterious form he made a revolutionary statement against industrial production that failed to meet human needs. The Iittala design philosophy defines the principles behind the product development. These principles include, in addition to pure functionalism, the qualities of essentialism and emotionalism, which ensures that all objects are both highly usable and that their design will remain relevant in the long-term.
For 'lasting everyday design against throwawayism', we create eternally relevant and contemporary design that responds to universal human needs. It is in the natural flow of things, however, that all objects will not last forever; they might break or colours and sizes in the assortment might change. But as all Iittala objects are designed to be combinable, even though all variations might not be offered all the time, any new purchases will still fit with existing and future Iittala objects. This allows you to build and refresh your own personal Iittala collection endlessly over time. Less is more. Mies van der Rohe's legendary statement has become even more relevant to our planet today. Is it relevant to you? In that case, you might want to follow us and refuse throwawayism.
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Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is a recognised master of modern architecture and design. Born in Kuortane, Finland, Aalto began to make his distinct mark in design shortly after receiving his architectural degree from Helsinki Polytechnic in 1921. In 1924, Aalto married fellow architect Aino Marsio, creating a lifelong partnership that built an international design legacy.During his remarkable career, Aalto designed major public institutions including concert halls, museums, universities, libraries as well as private homes throughout the world. Aalto’s furniture and houseware designs derived organically from his architectural work.
Aalto’s unique aesthetic helped to define Finnish design as well as introduce it to a global audience. Aalto hallmarks include a harmonious relationship with nature, functionalism combined with beauty, excellent attention to details and an ingenious use of materials. Aalto’s designs were already being exhibited internationally as early as the 1930s, including at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. When Aalto premiered his “Savoy Vase” at the 1930 New York World’s Fair, it instantly caused a sensation with its dynamic wavy design that was as alive and fluid as the Finnish lakes that inspired it. The legendary vase is one of the world’s most famous glass objects and remains a timeless staple for Iittala.
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