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Iittala Birds by Toika Ruby Bird Cranberry, 5770170

Iittala Birds by Toika Ruby Bird Cranberry, 5770170

Oiva Toikka's remarkable Ruby Bird (Rubiinilintu) with rounded form, spotty red color, and joyous expression.

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The ruby bird is mouth-blown and hand crafted, giving it distinctive character and color variations. The Ruby bird was originally launched in 1996. In 2014 the red glass colour of the bird has changed to cranberry red.

Oiva Toikka’s limitless imagination combined with his sophisticated knowledge of glass, has made it possible for him and Iittala glassblowers to create little miracles of life. Drawing from nature and his passion for art glass, Toikka has created more than 400 birds over the last forty years. Every bird is individually mouth-blown, making each one as unique as the person who collects it.

Brand: Iittala
Model: Ruby Bird Cranberry
Colour: Red with spots (as pictured)
Designer: Oiva Toikka
Material: Glass
Weight (In box) 710g
Method of Manufacture:                   Mouth Blown
Dimensions: L20cm x W10cm x H13cm
Country of Origin: Finland
Country of Manufacture: Finland


The roots of Iittala date back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland.

In its early years Iittala produced blown, pressed, polished, painted and etched glass according to continental models.

In the beginning of the 20th century dinnerware was decorated with a variety of ornaments. Iittala was one of the first companies to make the transition from decorative dinner sets to functional, aesthetically pleasing objects infused with progressive Scandinavian design.

The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck who led the development of the Iittala brand. Their belief was that objects should always be designed with thought and make them available for everyone. It was Aalto's and Franck's thinking that set the foundation for the Iittala design philosophy: to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.

This breakthrough in Finnish design, also changed glassware ranges led by Iittala in the 1950s and 1960s. A new kind of aesthetics and functionality affected Finnish glassware design while most other countries still used traditional, extensive glassware ranges. A simplified, modern design took over from cut crystal.

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