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Iittala Birds By Toikka, Owlet Lumi

Brand

iittala
Starting at: $375.00 USD
$375.00 USD

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Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish design. His iconic collection of Birds by Toikka first took flight back in 1972 with the creation of his small glass Flycatchers. The collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions and would not MORE INFO
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Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish design. His iconic collection of Birds by Toikka first took flight back in 1972 with the creation of his small glass Flycatchers. The collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions and would not have been possible without Toikka's hands-on-approach at the glassworks and his keen understanding of each employee's skills. Drawing from nature and his passion for art glass, Toikka created more than four hundred birds in the last forty years.

Today, collecting Toikka birds has become an international activity with collectors tracking down rarities and discussing favorites with the same enthusiasm as their real-life equivalents in the ornithological world. These lovely little creatures are individually mouth-blown making them a unique treasure in homes, offices or any other space where they nest.

MATERIALS:

  • Mouth-blown Glass

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Height: 4.25 inch
  • Width: 3 inch

HELPFUL NOTES:

  • White marble looking body, brown eyes, black body decoration.
Brand
Iittala

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.

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Iittala Birds By Toikka, Owlet Lumi Designed by:
  • Oiva Toikka
Oiva Toikka

Oiva Toikka

Finland, 1931

”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."

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