Since taking flight in 1972, a new Iittala glass bird has flown into Oiva Toikka’s iconic collection nearly every year. Each art object fuses rich traditions of glassmaking and the designer’s hands-on-approach with his team of master craftsmen. Individually mouth blown, each bird is a unique piece of interior decoration. Available in 2019 or as long as stocks last.
- 24.1 x 15.2 cm / 9.5 inch x 6 inch
- Hand wash only
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now 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 allows for individual use and expression. The progressive philosophy of design heroes such as, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspire them to keep Iittala forever relevant. Iittala doesn’t just create beautiful objects. They believe in timeless design that will never be thrown away. Let your imagination run free as you explore Modern Planet’s Iittala collection. Choose the designs you love and embrace mixing products, colours and patterns. Have fun.
Iittala Birds by Toikka, Annual Bird 2019 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."