While many European designers glamourised the revolution of the machines, their Scandinavian colleagues turned towards nature. Alvar Aalto was one of the trendsetters with his organic shapes, as seen in the early Savoy vase :
The Iittala Aalto vase is world-famous today. The same natural shapes emerge in Alvar Aalto’s works: in the wave-shaped walls of the Finish pavilion, in the New Yorker World Exhibit 1939, in the architecture of the Dusseldorf Schauspielhaus, in loungers, Spanish walls and tea trolleys. And of course also in the Aalto lanterns by Iittala.
Aalto was convinced that design should be human down to its details. The design of the Aalto lantern is inspired by the vases, and therefore is the ideal addition to the other Iittala products.