Legend has it that Ultima Thule was a far northern island buried in ice and snow, where the sun never set. Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks thought it was the edge of the world. Ultima Thule also has a deeper meaning; the extreme limits and capabilities of humankind, the ability to achieve the unattainable. Determined and continued experimentation with glassblowing techniques created Ultima Thule's unusual organic effect. The form gradually changes as molten glass burns the surface of the wooden moulds, crystallizing a particularly Finnish expression of glass in an eternal design classic.
- Mouth-blown Glass
- Width: 8.3 cm / 3.3 inch
- Depth: 8.3 cm / 3.3 inch
- Height: 12.4 cm / 4.9 inch
- Volume: 13 oz
- Dishwasher safe
- Non-leaded 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 Highball Glasses (Set of 2) 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.