Iittala Ultima Thule Highball Glasses 38cl 2 Set
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Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art. Wirkkala's wide ranging portfolio spans from glass, furniture and product design to sculpture, city planning, art, graphics and even creating banknotes for the Finnish treasury. As his reputation grew internationally, Wirkala exhibited throughout the world but he was a recluse by nature. His favorite place was a spot so remote within the deep woodlands of middle Finland that helicopters delivered prototypes to his hut since no car could reach him. It was in nature that he found his much loved solitude and the inspiration for forms that industry could produce or artwork could create. Throughout his incredibly productive career, Wirkkala received numerous awards including three gold medals at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal and the Prince Eugen Medal.
In 1946, Wirkkala won his first design award in a competition sponsored by Iittala that would mark a lifelong relationship with lasting effects on his career and the company. As Iittala’s artistic director, Wirkkala’s unique artistic vision helped establish the company’s global reputation. Throughout his legendary career, the uniquely talented artist created more than four hundred glass objects for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series remain popular today.
Iittala Ultima Thule Highball Glasses by Tapio Wirkkala, this range was inspired by the melting ice on an island in Finland, originally creating the surface by carving into a graphic mould. The base has 3 round peaks each piece sits on. Ultima Thule will bring a touch of nature in to your home. This highball glass is great for cocktails and long drinks.
An exclusive design reflecting the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. The patterns gradually change as the glass burns the surface of the wooden moulds.
- Inspired by the frozen islands of Finland.
- Innovative glass blowing technique, originally from the 1960's.
- Designed by Tapio Wirkkala.
- Stunning & impactful look.
- Originally created for the Finnair First Class Cabins.
- Comes gift boxed in a set of 2.
Care: Dishwasher safe.