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Since 1936 icons of glass design… When the designer and architect Alvar Aalto thought about his unique vase, nature was his source of inspiration. Its curved forms are legendary today and Aaltos vases a world famous classic of Finnish design.

The Savoy vase forms the basic pillars of the Alvar Aalto collection from Iittala with its characteristic forms. Still today the Finnish company constantly brings new colour variants to the market. From lanterns, bowls and up to chopping boards, there are numerous products that altogether are marked by the curved wave-forms fulfilling the assortment.

The Savoy vase became a real collector’s piece along the years. Since the 50th birthday in the 1986, Iittala presents special models every year. For example the numbered green vases of the 50th anniversary are much desired, but also the ruby red version meanwhile possesses high value. Iittala now also offers a miniature version of the Savoy vase for all design enthusiasts. A special collector’s piece is the red mini-vase, this one appears in a suitable box out of ash wood and it is limited to 1000 pieces.

The connection of Alvar Aalto and Iittala reaches back to the creation of the Savoy vase: initially Aalto created his vase for a competition of the glass house Karhula-Iittala on the occasion of the world exposition 1937 in Paris. Under the name “Leather trousers of an Eskimo Woman” (i.O.: "Eskimoerindens Skinnbuxa"), Alvar Aalto did present three designs in that time and got the first prize.

The vase was used later on in the luxury restaurant “Savoy” that has been furnished by Aalto. Beside the different furnish designs from Aalto, the guest’s attention was especially directed to the vases that were on every table. Soon its original name “Leather trousers of an Eskimo Woman” was forgotten and it was named like the Hotel “Savoy Vase”.

Alvar Aalto was a designer and architect. All around the world respected he counts to the “great four” in the architecture and design area of the 20th century beside Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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