Iittala Birds by Toikka ANNA Glass Figure

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Handcrafted and mouthblown at the Iittala Glass Factory, the collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions. Birds by Toikka Anna features a bottomless, hollow dome shape that gives shelter to her chick, Mari, and other valuable treasures. Her transparent copper colour reflects light beautifully.

Designed: 2016 Finland

Mouth-blown glass.

Size: H 24.5 cm, L 24.5 cm

Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names of Finnish design. His iconic collection of glass birds first took flight in 1972 at the Nuutajärvi glass factory. Created in close collaboration with the glassblowers, the collection combined Toikka’s passion for nature and blown glass art. In 2014 the production of the Birds by Toikka series was transferred to the Iittala Glass Factory, where Toikka continued his close partnership with the team. Each bird has its own personality making it a truly one of a kind art object.

Oiva Toikka
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Oiva Toikka

Professor Oiva Toikka (1931-2019) was one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. His imaginative, rich, bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. Oiva Toikka was renowned worldwide for his unique and massive contribution to Finnish art glass over the past half century (the Birds Collection for Iittala is his best-known work, whose pieces are renewed annually and are highly sought after as gifts and collector’s pieces). He enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards, among them the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal, World Glass Now 85 Award, Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal. In addition to glass and ceramics, Toikka’s career covered many other areas, including stage costumes, drawings, and textiles. Starting from 2006 Toikka also begun a fruitful collaboration with Magis, resulting in three products made of rotational–moulded polyethylene (the rocking bird Dodo, the coat stand Paradise Tree and the shelving system Downtown) and a couple of serigraphs, called Moments of Ingenuity. Oiva Toikka was an artist of immense creative talent, vision and versatility, the creator of elaborate compositions and installations, all drawn by an impulsive imagination that seems to ignore boundaries and pay scant regard to aesthetic coherence.

Iittala
About the brand

Iittala is a Finnish design brand that has become synonymous with timeless Scandinavian design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1881 in the village of Iittala, Finland, the company has a rich heritage and a commitment to producing high-quality, functional, and aesthetically pleasing products for everyday use.

The brand believes that good design should be accessible, enhance daily life, and stand the test of time. Their products are characterized by clean lines, minimalistic forms, and a focus on functionality.

By collaborating with a diverse group of designers, Iittala brings fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a range of design aesthetics to their product lineup. Notable collaborations include Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck, and Oiva Toikka.

Iittala has created several iconic design classics that have become symbols of Finnish design excellence. The Aalto vase, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936, is one of the most famous examples. It is characterized by its organic shape, timeless elegance, and the use of glass as a material.

Their products are made with exceptional attention to detail and expertise, ensuring that each piece is crafted to the highest standards. This commitment to craftsmanship is evident in their glassware, ceramics, and other product categories.

Iittala's durable designs and timeless aesthetics contribute to a more sustainable approach to consumption.

Iittala products can be found in Iittala stores, selected retailers worldwide.

Panik Design is an Authorised retailer for Iittala

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