Kaasa candleholder designed by Ilkka Suppanen in 2015
Longtime readers of this blog may know that I love a good factory visit. I previously visited the Farrow & Ball factory, and had the chance to visit another truly inspiring company earlier this year when I was invited to take a peek behind the scenes at one of my favorite interior brands Iittala! Before the factory tour we learned a lot about Finland’s design icons who often worked closely with Iittala, like Alvar and Aina Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Frank, and then we got to see how these designs were actually made, brought to life by the skilled craftsmen and women at the factory.
Here you can witness the production of glass artefacts, as the artisans create glasses, plates, and vases as well as Oiva Toikka birds from molten glass. And I must say, watching these men and women at work is almost like a meditation. They are so focussed on the job, and they have to be, because the material they are handling is piping hot. The way they behave themselves is almost like visual poetry. Calming and soothing, or that’s the way they make it look.
Kastelhelmi plate, designed by Oiva Toikka in 1964