|Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Nordic glassware. Born in Finland in 1931, Toikka originally trained in ceramics and later moved to glassware. He designed the Kastehelmi Dewdrop dinnerware collection for Iittala in 1964. In 1973 he began making Iittala glass birds for which he has become world-renowned. Over the years Toikka has worked in many other mediums, including textile design and as a stage and costume designer, but the release each year of a new Iittala glass bird Oiva Toikka’s reputation as a leader of Finnish glass and design.|
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Iittala is a major driving force of Scandinavian art and design with legendary designers Kaj Franck (1911-1989) and Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) as the cornerstones for the brand. Iittala objects are design essentials stripped to their core; the pure union of function, form and quality that demonstrates our core philosophy of lasting everyday design against throwawayism.