Tapio Wirkkala

Product 1: Ultima Thule tableware (= the Extreme North)
© Iittala oy / © Tapio Wirkkala
Producer: Iittala oy
Designer Tapio Wirkkala
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Economic field: Glass, kitchen

Part of/ linked to greater unity/ why this product: The classic pieces of the Finnish glass design were created during the functional and modern era.
These became, and still are, so popular that many objects, even though originally handicraft production, have later been produced on industrial scale. This is a good example how good design add value to handicraft products, increasing demand up to creating need for industrial production.

Information about the product:
- Period the item is from: 1968*
- Usage: tableware
- History : Ultima Thule i.e. extreme north. Wirkkala designed the series for Finnair international flights. Since customers loved the series this was taken into Iittala series. It is indeed of the most successful of Iittala series.*

Knowhow, skills, working methods used: Originally hand blown into a steel mold, edges sanded.*

Producer information
- Turn over: Iittala 189,8 million euros in 2006
- Number of employees: N/A
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