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Designer Spotlight: iittala

Designer Spotlight: iittala

Designer Spotlight: iittala

Hello, Ideal community! As fall entertaining season is finally settling in, we thought we'd highlight a steadfast favorite of the shop since day one: iittala!

iittala is a Finnish company dedicated to creating functional objects designed to enrich people’s lives. Producing glassware since the 1880s, their tradition of excellence endures. At the turn of the 20th century they began distinguishing themselves from other European glassmakers by combining function and form over the ornate and decorated style typical to the time. Beginning in the 1930s, they began collaborating with design pioneers such as Alvar and Aino Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala to push their philosophy of timeless, functional design that will never go out of style and can be passed along through generations. .

We are well-stocked with iittala of all sorts right now, equally great for sprucing up your own space or gifting to friends. See below for a selection of our current favorites.

Our fall hours are Monday - Saturday 10-6 and 12-5 on Sundays. Remember you can shop online 24/7 with curbside pickup and FREE local delivery. Thank you for shopping locally!
Citterio 98 Flatware - Set of 5 pieces, $120
This weighty and ergonomic flatware set was designed by Antonio Citterio in 1998. Citterio is an internationally renowned designer and architect who won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award in 1987 and 1995. Set of five pieces in brushed stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.
Teema Mini Serving Set - $55
This trio is also part of Kaj Franck's Teema designs from the 1950s. We love this white porcelain set of three small plates in the classic Bauhaus shapes of a circle, triangle and square. Makes a perfect addition to any table setting or charcuterie/appetizer spread. Dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave safe. 
Kartio Tumbler Sets - Large $35, Small $30
This classic tumbler designed by Kaj Franck in 1958 is a perfect blend of elegance and practicality. Beautiful enough to use for special occasion cocktails, yet sturdy enough for everyday beverages. Sets of two are available in 13.5 oz. or 7 oz. sizes, and several color choices. Made in Finland. 
    Origo Serving Bowl - $70
    You'll find yourself  reaching for this cheery bowl for both everyday and special occasions. The Origo pattern was designed by Alfredo Haberli in 1999 and won the 2002 iF Design Award. Microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.


      Sarpaneva Casserole - $380
      As supremely functional and elegant now as it was when designed in 1960, you'll enjoy this classic beauty for a lifetime. Timo Sarpaneva was inspired by his grandfather, who worked as a blacksmith, to design this cast iron pot. The wooden handle can be used to lift the entire pot, or just the lid. So beloved in Finland, it was once featured on a postage stamp. 
        Nappula Candleholder Set - $145
        A set of two candleholders in white powder-coated steel adds a modern touch to any table or mantel. Designer Matti Klenell was inspired by an unusually shaped table found in the Nuutajarvi glass museum in Finland. The set comes in two varying heights and packaged in a gift box. Pair with our Swedish Kanalljus tapers (sold separately) for a truly Nordic experience.
        Teema Serving Bowl - $100
        Functional, durable and refined. We love this porcelain bowl for serving salads, stews and pastas. Designed by Kaj Franck in 1952, Teema is a timeless symbol of minimalist Nordic design. Dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave safe. Also available in white or linen colors.
        Citterio Cheese Slicer - $60
        A welcome choice for any cheese board, Antonio Citterio's slicer is beautiful and functional in brushed stainless steel. The balanced handle is weighted to rest perfectly on a counter or board. 
        Essence Wine Glass Sets - $55 and Decanter - $160
        These elegant glasses with a long, slender profile are part of the Essence series of glassware, designed with uniform stems and bases to give a balanced look even among different profiles. We have red, white, champagne, beer and stemless glasses. Made in Germany.
          Citterio Salad Serving Set - $115
          Another of Antonio Citterio's designs, this pair of brushed stainless servers work beautifully for salads and much more. Featuring the same ergonomic and distinctive weighted handles. 
          Finlandia Vase - $260
          Echoing the shape of Aalto's original vessel designed in the 1930s, the Finlandia Vase stands taller, great for stunning floral bouquets or beautiful all on its own. Like the original, it features undulating curves that recall the many lakes found in Finland. Since 1936, each lead-free crystal piece has been mouth blown into a mold and hand-polished. Made in Finland.
          Nappula Planters, 9" - $90 or 10.25" - $105
          This elegant planter will complement any decor. The bowl-like upper portion holds a potted plant while the bottom acts as a stand that can be placed on the floor, a table or stool. Available in 9" or 10.25" sizes.
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