Iittala Birds by Toikka Song swan 33x21cm
Designer: Oiva Toikka
The swan is Finland's national bird and is a tribute to Karelia, where Toikka grew up. The contrast between the snow-white body and a glossy black beak highlights the bird's elegance.
Oiva Toikka is one of the most famous names in Finnish design and in 1972 he started work on "Birds By Toikka" for iittala. A flock of birds that has grown every year Toikka has together shaped over 400 hundred birds over forty years. The collection combines a rich understanding of glassblowing techniques and tradition. All birds are handmade and each bird is therefore completely unique. A favorite for many glass collectors, they fit nicely as a colorful sculpture in the office or at home.
Iittala started in 1881 as a glass factory in the town of Iittala in Finland. Iittala's design values are based on the progressive philosophy of its design pioneers. The name of Aino and Alvar Aalto has been connected to Iittala since the beginning. Alvar Aalto wanted to "free" glass from geometric form and create an impression of organic, living forms. Aino and Alvar Aalto believed that objects should be essential, beautiful, useful and democratically accessible to everyone.