ABOUT IITTALA

Iittala is dedicated to inspiring better living. What began as a glass factory in a small village in Finland back in 1881, has grown into an internationally known design brand that continues to define the progressive Nordic way of life.

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Iittala identity

For Iittala, life is about progress: seeking ways to inspire, innovate and take a stand for what matters. The brand’s collection extends from dining to interior objects and art, materials ranging from glass to ceramics, steel, wood and textile.

I feel at home here. I’ve been coming here for longer than I can remember. My grandmother worked in packaging and my father was one of the most well-respected glassblowers. In my fifty years working here, I have seen the highs and lows. I remember working around the clock with designer Timo Sarpaneva, making experiments. And I’ve seen the challenges. Some things never chance, though. In the changing rooms we talk about ice hockey. And matters of the heart.
Heikki Punkari

Glassblower

Our heritage

The Iittala Glass Factory was founded in 1881 in Iittala village, Finland. The history of Iittala does not follow a linear path but rather a complex network that is deeply embedded within the cultural, political and social evolution of Finnish culture. Today, Iittala continues to be a pioneer in timeless Nordic design.

By working with visionary, creative minds Iittala continues to build on the knowledge handed down from Iittala’s legendary designers and master craftspeople. Iittala continues to inspire better living.

Focus on the essential

Iittala stands against throwaway culture with a focus on the essentials: design less, high quality, multi-functional and aesthetically lasting. From sourcing to production to packaging and recycling, Iittala strives to minimize it effects on the environment. In 2019, the Iittala Glass Factory was one of the world’s first industrial manufacturers to create tumblers solely from waste glass.

Experience Iittala

Iittala welcomes you to visit three unique design destinations in Finland, celebrating the future and the heritage of the brand: Iittala & Arabia Design Centre in Helsinki, Iittala Glass Factory & Design Museum Iittala in Iittala, and Design Museum Nuutajärvi in Nuutajärvi.

The story of the symbol

The Iittala symbol was originally designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956. Did you know the stem of the “i” represents a glassblower’s most important tool, the blowpipe, while the dot represents a white-hot parison at the blowpipe’s tip?