DESIGN

Evoking the Serenity of the Finnish Landscape



I have a confession to make: I am actually pretty excited about the change in season right now. Probably also because it seems pretty easy when it’s Indian summer in Copenhagen. As often as I can, which means when it’s not raining, I jump on my bike and get out of the house, just to get a bit of human interaction and take in all the inspiration around me.

Perfect for this season is Tapio Wirkkala’s iconic Ultima Thule glass series he created for Iittala in 1968. To honor the legendary Ultima Thule’s 50th anniversary, Iittala is introducing Ultima Thule in colour for the first time ever. The mystical yet elegant shade of blue evokes the serenity of the Finnish landscape in a journey that takes you to the very northern edge of the world while still being in your own warm autumn surroundings.

The legend is that Ultima Thule is a remote snow and ice-covered island in Wirkkala’s native Finland, where the sun never sets. In his utter determination to capture this unique slice of Nordic nature, Wirkkala pushed the skills of the glassblowers at the Iittala glass factory. After nearly a thousand hours of working together, they produced the unusual organic surface by burning a mould with molten glass.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    October 12, 2018 at 10:19

    Oh my gosh, that colour is exquisite. I love Iittala – is the taller one a carafe?

    • Reply
      Allan
      October 15, 2018 at 03:19

      Yes it is. I love it too.

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