Each piece of Wirkkala’s Ultima Thule barware collection features a sophisticated, intriguing pattern that evolved organically during production as the glass burned the surface of the wooden molds.
2015 marks 100 years since the birth of Tapio Wirkkala. To honour the great designer, Iittala is bringing additions to Ultima Thule series, including the elegant glass for sparkling wine. Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, Wirkkala created the original surface of Ultima Thule by carving it into a graphic mould.
- Mouth-Blown Glass
- Width: 5.5 cm / 2.2 inch
- Depth: 5.5 cm / 2.2 inch
- Height: 11.4 cm / 4.5 inch
- Volume: 6 oz
- Dishwasher safe
- Lead-free Crystal
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 GR Shop’s Iittala collection. Choose the designs you love and embrace mixing products, colours and patterns. Have fun.
Iittala Ultima Thule Set of 2 Champagne Glass Designed by:
- Tapio Wirkkala , 1968
Finland, 1915 - 1985
Born in Hanko, Finland. Tapio Wirkkala is known as the versatile genius of design. His contribution to design includes everything from glass products to the design of banknotes and graphic art. During his career, Wirkkala has participated in many interntional exhibitions, as well as being the artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki for many years.
Among his most famous works have been the design for the Finlandia vodka bottle (1970-2000) and for Iittala's Ultima Thule set of kitchen glasses. Both glassware items feature a dripping icicle look, and in the case of Iittala's popular glassware it is said to have taken thousands of hours to develop a glassblowing technique that would produce the effect.
Wirkkala did much of his initial design work using a traditional Finnish carving knife, the puukko. Wirkkala designed his own version of the knife. The Tapio Wirkkala Puukko was built by Hackman Cutlery and marketed by Brookstone in the US in the early 70's. He has won a large number of awards, including three gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1951, followed by another three in 1954.