Iittala’s glass factory was founded in 1881 in the small village of Iittala, some 120 kilometres from Helsinki. The glass factory produces e.g. Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vases designed in 1936. Alongside this vase, Iittala’s most iconic designs include e.g. the Birds designed by Oiva Toikka, Tapio Wirkkala’s Ultima Thule glasses, originally designed for air carrier Finnair’s first class tableware in 1968.
Iittala renewed their global flagship store on Esplanadi in August 2016, at one of the city’s most prestigious addresses. The new store measures 217 square metres and showcases the whole Iittala product line, glass art objects, as well as more singular items.