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Iittala Whip-Poor-Will Birds by Toikka

Iittala Whip-Poor-Will Birds by Toikka

This squat little bird and its smooth markings are made via careful mouth blowing by Finnish glass artisans.

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The Iittala Whip-Poor-Will bird uses clear glass with greenish-grey striping to replicate the earthy, camouflage-like plumage of the real whip-poor-will. This squat little bird and its smooth markings are made via careful mouth blowing by Finnish glass artisans. Part of the Birds by Toikka collection.

From humble beginnings as a small glass factory, today Iittala offers a wide variety of modern Scandinavian housewares that demonstrate the company's commitment to design quality and product longevity. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Iittala continues to make cookware, tableware and other home accessories that are both lovely and useful, based primarily on the forward-thinking philosophies of design icons Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto.

Brand: Iittala
Model: Whip-poor-will
Colour: Multi-coloured (as pictured)
Designer: Oiva Toikka
Material: Glass
Weight (In box) 340g
Method of Manufacture:                   Mouth Blown
Dimensions: L14cm x W7cm x H6.5cm
Country of Origin: Finland
Country of Manufacture: Finland

Iittala

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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