Working with a roster of prominent industrial designers and architects such as Alvar Aalto, Renzo Piano, and Tapio Wirkkala, iittala produces glassware and tabletop pieces that are functional works of art. What began in 1881 as a glass factory in the small Finnish village of iittala is today a leading homeware design company. The brand is known for its iconic contemporary designs, including the world-renowned Aalto vase, Marimekko's Kivi votives, and Oiva Toikka's glass birds.
It’s easy to see why Finland is hailed as a beacon of design when admiring the tabletop accessories from Iittala. The two-tone Aalto vases, Point flatware and iconic striped Origo collection are perfectly modern, while the animal-inspired cups, bowls and plates from the Taika and Satumetsa lines feel like folk tales. Oiva Toikka’s colorful contemporary bird statues reveal exquisite glass craftsmanship, calling to mind the company’s humble beginnings as a glass factory in the small village of Iittala.
From royal to robin’s egg, blue is loved for the calm feeling it imparts. Find dozens of ways to add the hue to your living space with this multivendor sale, inspired by House Beautiful. Want to make your bed look and feel great? Then try the chic Egyptian cotton Blue Champagne sheets from Pratesi, or the boldly patterned Leblond options from the British artisans at Designers Guild. Need furniture and accents? Check out Elite Leather’s streamlined Fortuna chair and Barclay Butera’s Batik Indigo throw pillows. Top off your elegant new bedding by leaving a romantic letterpress notecard from Charles Fradin Home on the pillow.
A painter turned textile artist, John Robshaw has an eye for color and an appreciation for history, having studied traditional fabric-making techniques in Thailand, India, China, and Indonesia. Using travel as inspiration, he has picked a swath of sophisticated items from around the globe. Among the many finds: exotically scented candles from Sundari and D.L. & Co., Alvar Aalto's two-toned vases from iittala, and pillows and sheets designed by Robshaw himself.
Were the graceful foxes and majestic owls that grace the porcelain dishware plucked from a fairytale? Sort of: They inhabit a mythical forest dreamt up by their designer, Klaus Haapaniemi. Also find a wide range of whimsical housewares and decorative accessories from this Finnish mainstay, including the iconic Aalto vase.