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Forged in Fire

80 years ago, in 1936, iconic Finnish designer Alvar Aalto first sketched his classic series of undulating glass vases. Ever since, the Aalto Collection has been a staple of modern Scandinavian design and has become Iittala’s signature range. Today, just as then, each and every vase in the collection is mouth blown at the Iittala glass factory. It takes seven craftsmen, 12 work stages, 1100c of heat, and 30 hours to make an individual vase.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is undoubtedly one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. Aalto believed that good design should be a part of everyday life, and a complement to it - so he created beautiful yet practical products that captured this philosophy.

You can find out more about the unique production process of Aalto vases by watching this video Here

Collage of Vases image: Iittala
Vase with flowers image: Global Blue
Collage of production image: Iittala
Multi-colour vases image: Irwin Weiner Interiors