Anniversary Edition at a bargain price
To celebrate the Aalto vase's 80th anniversary, Iittala is offering the vase as a special edition in its a original “clear 1936” colour for a limited time only. In comparison to the design at the time, the simple but organic form of the Aalto vase was revolutionary in 1936. Since then, it has become an icon of Finnish design and one of the most famous glass objects worldwide. Simple, yet rebellious - it has a form that moves.
Skill is the foundation of Aalto vases that are blown in the Finnish Iittala factory. Each glass design is unique and has handcrafted quality. For the production of each vase, 7 skilled workers, 12 stages, 1100 ° C and 30 hours of work are required.
There exist several interpretations of the original idea behind the free form of the Aalto glass. The shape reminds many of the curved shorelines of countless lakes in Finland. Alto, whose humour was notorious, lured his viewers down a false trail when entering his design for a contest in 1936 under the title “Lederhose einer Eskimofrau” (Leather trousers of an Eskimo Woman). How exactly the design of the Aalto vase came about is known only to the designer himself.
Born in 1898 in Kuortane (Finland), Alvar Aalto is one of the most famous designers in the world. Due to his unique style and exceptional talent , he developed a reputation as a grand master of modern architecture. Aalto designs included a concert hall, libraries, hospitals, museums and houses in Europe and America. His works were already exhibited in the 30s in New York's Museum of Modern Art and are today classics of design history.
Please keep in mind that the Special Edition of the Iittala Aalto vase is available in "clear 1936" for a limited period of time only.