Oiva Toikka

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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.

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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.

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