iittala take part in the fifty-fourth edition of the event launching the world premiere of the new collections of interior furnishings by the Dutch designer Ineke Hans and the trio of designers and Finnish artists Aalto + Aalto, Anu Penttinen and Markku Salo.
Starring at the fair will also vessels Ruutu brothers designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, A collection that breaks the limits of glass blowing through the strict geometric shapes. A unique series, refined and modular, acclaimed by the public and already new brand icon, expression of the wise tradition of handmade iittala in the art of glassmaking.
Unmissable event is the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985): recognized among the fathers of Scandinavian design, as well as an eclectic artist talent and unique productivity, protagonist of modern industrial and Finnish.
In conjunction with the design week, iittala inaugurated in partnership with Finlandia Vodka, the exclusive Pop-up bar "Ultima Thule" dedicated just to Wirkkala, who designed for iittala over 400 glassware.
Every evening, from 14 April at the Art Bar and Restaurant Bicycles, you can taste selected Nordic cocktail made from vodka in fine glasses Ultima Thule. Wirkkala designed the collection in the years' 60, drawing inspiration from the ice of Lapland. Legend has it, in fact, that Ultima Thule was the island's extreme north, engulfed by ice and snow, where the sun never sets. The unique design of the collection is the result of thousands of hours spent perfecting the craft technique of glass processing to reproduce the effect of the ice.
The Ultima Thule Pop-Up Bar will be open every evening from 18: 00 to 2: 00 for the duration of the Expo and will allow visitors from around the world to taste the best cocktails in the exclusive glasses of the great master Wirkkala.
Finally, at the showroom in Corso Monforte iittala 19, you can discover new vessels Ruutu, proposed in an unprecedented exhibition inspired by the interiors of Finnish homes and recreated through the most important collections of interior iittala.
iittala - Salone Internazionale del Mobile - Pad. 20, Stand F18
Pop-up Bar Ultima Thule - The Bicycle Art Bar & Bistro, Via Torti 2 (Corso Genova). 14 from April to October 31 2015. From 18: 00 to 2: 00 - Tel. 02 5810 4325
Facebook: The Bicycle-Art Bar & Bistro
Showroom iittala - C.so Monforte, 19 Milano at Alias Shop, Tuesday - Sunday from 10: 00 at 19: 00
iittala, 1881 from the cradle of Scandinavian design
Functionality and timeless design have always been in the DNA of iittala, Finnish company founded in 1881 in the village of iittala and the Group Fiskars 2007.
Founded as a glass factory, iittala continues to make furnishings in hand-blown glass that are, today, an important part of production, and help to strengthen the international prestige enjoyed by the brand. The collections of glass, alongside numerous lines of accessories for the home and the table from the essential and functional design that made products iittala famous and appreciated all over the world.
Suffice it to say that the object of the most famous Finnish design, the Aalto vase, was created to iittala Alvar Aalto in 1936, and is exposed at the MoMA in New York as an icon of international design.
All products iittala easily combine with each other to create a harmonious whole, always new and never boring. The pioneers of the design of iittala as Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, Oiva Toikka, Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva represent an important source of inspiration for the brand. Simplicity and modernity are qualities that are still found today in the work of the new generation of designers such as Harri Koskinen iittala (Design Director of iittala), Alfredo Häberli, Matti Klenell, Magnus Pettersen, Cecilie Manz and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, to name a few.
iittala, strong with the Group Fiskars, has officially landed in Italy in 2013, bringing generations of products intended to last forever. Fiskars, the oldest Finnish company and one of the oldest corporations in the world, has been on the market for over 365 years. Fiskars is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. Founded in 1649, and listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and has a large portfolio of international brands - iittala, Arabia, Royal Copenhagen, Gerber, Buster - known worldwide and appreciated for their functionality, innovation and design.
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