Finnish design visionary Oiva Toikka’s iconic collection of Iittala glass combines his passion for nature and blown glass art. Handcrafted and mouthblown at the Iittala Glass Factory, each bird is a truly one of a kind art object. The collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions and Toikka’s hands-on-approach with his team of master craftsmen. Iittala continues the beloved collection with the Annual Egg 2020 Kaisla. The stunning egg matches the Annual Bird by mixing black, blue and linen glass with golden brown details. Striking in any interior.
- Blown Glass
- Length: 8.8 cm / 3.5 inch
- Height: 12.7 cm / 5 inch
- Hand wash only
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. Iittala believes objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression.
The progressive philosophy of Iittala's design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires to keep Iittala forever relevant. They don’t just create beautiful objects. They believe in timeless design that will never be thrown away.
Iittala Birds By Toikka Annual Egg 2020 Kaisla Designed by:
- Oiva Toikka
”Baroque is exactly the right word to describe my work – after all, one of the word’s original meanings is ”an irregular pearl." - Oiva Toikka
Oiva Toikka is a Finnish glass designer. Born in Viipuri (Vyborg), he is renowned for his designs for glassware for Iittala he Finnish design company. Originally trained in ceramics, he took up glass design later in life. Along with his glassware designs, Toikka is best known after 1973 for his designs for the iittala "glass birds" series. Toikka's designs are produced at the glass factory at Nuutajärvi.
Toikka has also enjoyed success in a number of other creative outlets. He has worked as a stage and costume designer, generally working with Finnish director Lisbeth Landefort although in recent years, he has also been associated with productions by the Finnish National Opera. Through the years, he has also contributed textile designs to the Marimekko collections from time to time.
Jack Dawson, who has studied Toikka's work tends to view it within the context of general trends in glass design as opposed to a strictly Nordic sensibility. Toikka himself has sought to look beyond his own era and has instead harkened back to an earlier aesthetic. When asked to define his work, Toikka has said: ”Baroque is exactly the right word to describe my work – after all, one of the word’s original meanings is ”an irregular pearl."