Iittala Oiva Toikka Annual Egg Vuono 2019 Ltd Ed
Like his annual bird, the annual egg embodies designer Oiva Toikka’s boundless creativity, his passion for blown glass art and the designer’s hands-on-approach with his team of master craftsmen at the Iittala Glass Factory. Each art object is individually mouth blown in Finland. Available in 2019 or as long as stocks last.
The first collection of Iittala Birds was designed in 1972 by Professor Oiva Toikka, renowned for his unique contribution to Finnish art glass over the past half century. Every year, Professor Oiva Toikka and the skilled glassblowers assisting him at the Nuutajärvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, breathe life into yet new species of Iittala Birds. The first bird was the Flycatcher, appearing in different colour variations. Over 300 species have been created, some of them more enduring in production than others. Each bird is a unique individual, signed with the artist’s name as well as the name of Nuutajärvi – it is the tangible product of skilled artisanship. The passing of time enhances the value of these art objects. That is why Iittala Birds are cherished and valued gifts and irresistible to collectors around the world, from Finland to the United States and from Central Europe all the way to Japan.
Size: H 13 cm, W 9 cm.
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The Designer: Oiva Toikka (b.1931) is one of the great personas of Finnish glass design. His imaginative, rich and bold glass art is a departure from mainstream Nordic design. Toikka’s individual style is also evident in the utility objects he creates as they often deviate from the traditional clean-lined puritanism of Finnish design aesthetics. In addition to glass, his artistic activities cover staging, fashion design and plastic interior design elements.
Toikka has gained a solid international reputation throughout his prolific career, which dates back to the 1950s, having worked with well-known designers and artists both in Finland and abroad. He has won several prestigious awards including the Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal. In 1993, Toikka was given the honorary title of Professor of the Arts by the state of Finland. Birds by Toikka, a series designed for Iittala combines the artist’s limitless imagination with his expertise in the characteristics of glass. The unique and colorful birds, which are all handmade, have become the passion of collector’s worldwide.
The Brand: What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. They believe objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression. The progressive philosophy of their design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires them to keep Iittala forever relevant. They don’t just create beautiful objects. They believe in timeless design that will never be thrown away.