Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, the Ultima Thule is design legend Tapio Wirkkala’s most famous work. Wirkkala originally created the surface of Ultima Thule in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mold. Ultima Thule is an exclusive design which reflects the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect.
Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, the Ultima Thule is design legend Tapio Wirkkala’s most famous work. Wirkkala originally created the surface of Ultima Thule in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mold. Ultima Thule is an exclusive design which reflects the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect.
Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, the Ultima Thule is design legend Tapio Wirkkala’s most famous work. Wirkkala originally created the surface of Ultima Thule in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mold. Ultima Thule is an exclusive design which reflects the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect.
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Iittala Sparkling Wine Glass 18cl 2pcs ULTIMA THULE

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Featuring a round base supported by three ice peaks that float above the surface, the groundbreaking Ultima Thule collection brings a piece of arctic nature into any interior.

A dynamic mix of art and function, the classic Finnish drinkware cemented its iconic status when Finnair began using it in first class. The Ultima Thule highball is perfect for serving cocktails.

Designed: 1968 Finland

Size: Vol. 18 cl Width 5.6 cm / Length 5.6 cm / Height 11.5 cm

  • Material: Glass
  • Dishwasher safe


Tapio Wirkkala
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Tapio Wirkkala

apio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art. Wirkkala's wide ranging portfolio spans from glass, furniture and product design to sculpture, city planning, art, graphics and even creating banknotes for the Finnish treasury. As his reputation grew internationally, Wirkala exhibited throughout the world but he was a recluse by nature. His favorite place was a spot so remote within the deep woodlands of middle Finland that helicopters delivered prototypes to his hut since no car could reach him. It was in nature that he found his much loved solitude and the inspiration for forms that industry could produce or artwork could create. Throughout his incredibly productive career, Wirkkala received numerous awards including three gold medals at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal and the Prince Eugen Medal.

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. Here are some key aspects and notable features associated with Iittala:

  1. Design Philosophy: Iittala's design philosophy is rooted in the principles of simplicity, functionality, and lasting beauty. 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.
  2. Collaborations with Designers: Iittala collaborates with both renowned and emerging designers to create its collections. 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.
  3. Iconic Design Classics: 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.
  4. Emphasis on Craftsmanship: Iittala places great importance on craftsmanship and quality. 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.
  5. Broad Product Range: Iittala offers a wide range of products that encompass various aspects of everyday life. Their product categories include glassware, dinnerware, cookware, home accessories, and textiles. The diversity of their offerings allows customers to create cohesive and harmonious environments within their homes.
  6. Sustainability Commitment: Iittala is committed to sustainable practices and responsible production. They strive to reduce waste, minimize their environmental footprint, and create products that are designed to last. 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.

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