The Drinking Glasses of the series Ultima Thule were designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala in 1968. The classic glasses from Iittala are a real proof of that past époque.
Ultima Thule is a collection of glasses that unmistakably display how detailed the work was, which perfected the glass processing technique. The unique effect and the appearance of the glasses imitate nature: Tapio Wirkkala was inspired by melting ice glaciers in Lapland when he designed the glasses. That’s the reason for the name “Ultima Thule”, since that’s the name of the northernmost piece of land of the world.
The Ultima Thule glasses are considered classic pieces today. The collection has highly influenced the international success of Iittala. The big power of Finnish glass processing is visible in the finely worked collection. The shapes of the glasses by Iittala differ from piece to piece, according to how the liquid glass encloses the wooden models during the production.Also in our blog:
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