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Modern minimal design with edgy character makes Essence amongst the most highly acclaimed glassware in the world. A thin lip, rare in lead-free glass, combines with a delicate stem. Sensually pleasing to grasp and handle.
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.
Alfredo Häberli (b.1964) is an internationally renowned Swiss Argentinian product designer, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Häberli manages to unite tradition and innovation along with joy and energy in his designs. Much of his work is strongly influenced by his early childhood in Argentina as well as his curiosity and exploration of everyday life. The results are works with a strong expression and emotionality.
Häberli collaborates with some of the leading companies in design including Alias, BMW, Luceplan and Schiffini. His work and designs have been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and he has received many awards during his extensive career. In 2014, Häberli received the prestigious Swiss Grand Prix of Design from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. Häberli has designed a range of home products for Iittala with his Essence, Origo and Senta series.