IITTALA ESSENCE WATER TUMBLER, SET OF 2

IIT-1008565
$40.00
IITTALA ESSENCE WATER TUMBLER, SET OF 2
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Designer: Alfredo Häberli for Iittala, 2001
Modern minimal design with edgy character makes Essence amongst the most highly acclaimed glassware in the world. A thin lip, rare in lead-free glass, combines with a delicate stem. Sensually pleasing to grasp and handle. Recipient of the iF and Les Découvertes design awards.

Essence Water Tumbler: 12 oz; 4" h
Pioneers of beauty and function
The roots of Iittala date back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland. In its early years Iittala produced blown, pressed, polished, painted and etched glass according to continental models.

The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck who led the development of the Iittala brand. Their belief was that objects should always be designed with thought and make them available for everyone. It was Aalto's and Franck's thinking that set the foundation for the Iittala design philosophy: to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.

This breakthrough in Finnish design, also changed glassware ranges led by Iittala in the 1950s and 1960s. A new kind of aesthetics and functionality affected Finnish glassware design while most other countries still used traditional, extensive glassware ranges. A simplified, modern design took over from cut crystal.

Against throwawayism:
The core idea behind Iittala is to offer aesthetically and functionally durable products that bring enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life, whether it is about dining, creating a mood or storing small items at home.

All Iittala objects are thought through in form, function and quality. All aim to achieve long-lasting everyday use and inspiration. Iittala objects are designed to be combined, with different designs across series, as well as with existing home environments.

Iittala believes that people have the right to expect the design they buy to last a lifetime. They see that the world is becoming more and more aware of the value of long-lasting design. Quality never goes out of fashion. The effort put into quality design has paid off: the Iittala collection includes not only new design but also items that have been around for more than 80 years.