Iittala Alvar Aalto Vase 251 mm

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Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is a recognized master of modern architecture and design. Born in Kuortane, Finland, Aalto began to make his distinct mark in design shortly after receiving his architectural degree from Helsinki Polytechnic in 1921. In 1924, Aalto married fellow architect Aino Marsio, creating a lifelong partnership that built an international design legacy. During his remarkable career, Aalto designed major public institutions including concert halls, museums, universities, libraries as well as private homes throughout the world. Aalto’s furniture and houseware designs derived organically from his architectural work.

Aalto’s unique aesthetic helped to define Finnish design as well as introduce it to a global audience. Aalto hallmarks include a harmonious relationship with nature, functionalism combined with beauty, excellent attention to details and an ingenious use of materials. Aalto’s designs were already being exhibited internationally as early as the 1930s, including at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. When Aalto premiered his “Savoy Vase” at the 1930 New York World’s Fair, it instantly caused a sensation with its dynamic wavy design that was as alive and fluid as the Finnish lakes that inspired it. The legendary vase is one of the world’s most famous glass objects and remains a timeless staple for Iittala.    


The Alvar Aalto vase by iittala has become one of the world’s most famous glass objects, deservedly synonymous with Finnish glass art and with Iittala. Alvar Aalto created the Aalto vase in various shapes, sizes and colours for Iittala for the World Fair in Paris in 1937. It is exhibited in some of the world’s most influential design museums. The fluid shapes are inspired by the Finnish landscape and its lakes. The vases shape show tall stem flowers beautifully. The iconic asymmetrical waves (“aalto” in Finnish) that have become his creative signature from architecture to glass.

  • Iconic glassware design from the 1930's.
  • Designed by modern architecture master Alvar Aalto.
  • Inspired by waves in the water of the Finnish lakes.
  • Traditionally hand blown by master craftsmen.
  • Then hand cut & polished.
  • Shown in numerous design museums around the world.
  • Appears in the Phaidon's classic design book.
  • High quality glass.
  • A perfect gift.

Colour: Clear, Moss Green, 
Dimensions: H 25.1 cm width 17 cm
Material: Mouth Blown Glass

Care: wash by hand.

Mouth blown glass in the Iittala glass works Finland. May include small air bubbles due to the hand made processes used.