Monthly Archives August 2019

Iittala Finland History & Gallery (updated May 2023)

Iittala Finland History & Gallery I have been collecting Iittala for about 10 years, but I have decided to downsize my collection to just my favourite patterns. Iittala Finland “dates back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland.” “The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck who
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Arabia Finland History & Gallery

Arabia Finland History & Gallery (updated June 2023) Arabia has been producing tableware since 1873.  They have produced many well known ranges including Valencia, Ali, Pomona, Rosmarin and Ruska. They attracted many great designers over the years including: Ulla Procope from 1948-1966 who was responsible for the hand painted Valencia range and the mass-produced Rosmarin range. Anja Jaatinen-Winquist and her husband Peter Winquist from 1967-1974. Anja Jaatinen-Winquist was responsible for the Pimpinella range of Demitasse Coffee Cups. Raija Uosikkinen from
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Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glass from a thrift shop

Fantastic find of rare Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glasses by Timo Sarpeneva at a thift shop.                       Timo Sarpeneva designed these for Iittala Finland in 1979 as part of the i-lasi range of glassware. The range of Kimara glasses included this Whiskey/Water glass and a Shot glass (at least). I saw these on the shelf and although I did not recognise the pattern, I really liked the design. On closer inspection
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