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…never goes out of style! Timo Sarpaneva (1926–2006) designed many, now classic, Scandi items. One favourite of mine is the cast iron pot with its mix of traditional and contemporary. The version in cast iron with enameled inside and detachable wooden handle is in production by Iittala. But how I miss the fine enameled ones of the 1960s; the red, the black, the green!

Sarpaneva cast iron pot, by Timo Sarpaneva (1960), in production by Iittala. Cast iron, enamel, natural oak. Photo copyright Iittala.



Red, black, green…The enameled cast iron pot by Timo Sarpaneva (1960) for Rosenlew & Co is no longer in production. Photos from vintage/auction sites on the internet (items sold).

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala 2015-07-22

Tools extended

When Iittala lauched Tools cookware range in 1998, the response was an immense hype in media at the time. Designer Björn Dahlström was praised for the classic Scandi look, producer Iittala for the high quality. I have used the owen pan, sauteuses and casseroles for 17 years, and they´re still in very good condition. Perhaps not as shiny and bright as they once were, but still handsome. And the functionality is the same. ”We need to come away from trends and throw away consumerism,” Björn Dahlström reflects. And stresses the importance of making products with a long lifespan. In August 2015 Iittala is adding a selection of frying pans to the collection.


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Tools cookware by Björn Dahlström for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala 2015-05-21

On a rainy day

On a rainy cold day it feels good to take a brake and sit by the candle light, in the company of a good book and a fluffy friend!

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Thinking Man’s Chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini (1986). Lamp Liv by Jonas Bohlin for Klong. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

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Lantern in glass, by Harri Koskinen for Iittala (1999). Photo copyright Iittala.

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Mohair blanket by Lena Rewell. Photo copyright Lena Rewell textile studio.

Eco Aesthetics, Iittala, In the Season, Scandimood 2015-05-05


The Meno bag series by Harri Koskinen for Iittala recently got a little cousin called Rain. The 35x30x20 cm bag is made of environmental friendly polyester felt and available from Myiittala as long as the stock lasts… I find it a perfect spring companion with its basic 70s look and trendy denim blue colour. And, a plus to Iittala for using an animal friendly material!


Meno bag Rain by Harri Koskinen for Iittala 2015, limited edition. Photo copyright Iittala.

Meno bag by Harri Koskinen for Iittala 2013. Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Iittala 2015-03-03

Let the light play

This year it is 100 years since Tapio Wirkkala was born and there’ll be a lot of celebrating during the anniversary. Iittala is launching a series of Tapio Wirkkala glass objects as an homage to the designer. I love the Bottles. And, as usual with Wirkkala, light is an ever present partner to colour and/or shape.

Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala 2015-02-24

January kitchen

Add a little bit of softness to the classic Scandi look, and it becomes very contemporary.

Photo Copyright Mathias Nero

Superelips table by Bruno Mathsson and Piet Hein, Sjuan chair by Arne Jacobsen, both for Fritz Hansen, chair J49 av Börge Mogensen för Fredericia, Costanza lamp by Paolo Rizzato for Luce Plan, vase Pony by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf, glass plate Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka for Iittala, cup SPM by Signe Persson Melin for Rörstrand and napkin Herbarium by Stig Lindberg for Ljungbergs Factory.
Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Mathias Nero, for Lantliv SE, issue no 2/15.

Arne Jacobsen, Börge Mogensen, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fredericia, Friends, Fritz Hansen, Iittala, Luce Plan, Oiva Toikka, Signe Persson Melin 2015-01-24

Oiva Toikka

Kastehelmi glass table wear was designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka. It is still in production by Iittala. ”Kastehelmi” is finnish for ”dewdrop”, and especially the clear glass gives the impression of a garden in the morning or looking through a window on a rainy day. The tiny glass bubbles extend outwards from the centre of each piece and is not merely decorative. Oiva Toikka was seeking a way to hide the joint marks left by the production process, and came up with this pattern.


Oiva Toikka is also much admired for his glass birds. During the last 40 years he has designed over 400 birds, individually mouth-blown for Iittala. Here’s some birds in a setting with Teema table wear and Kartio glass wear and vase Savoy, all by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandimood 2015-01-06

Sarjaton glass

Sarjaton glass by Finnish designer Aleksi Kuokka (shape) and team Musuta (pattern) for Iittala is a fine little glass which has not rendered as much fame as it should! It is little, it is delicate, it is a glass which always feels good in the hand and is nice to drink from.


Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Iittala 2014-07-25