Iittala - Kaleidoscope
Date and time26.3 – 19.9.2021
The Design Museum Helsinki has invited architect Florencia
Colombo and industrial designer Ville Kokkonen to research and curate an exhibition on the 140-year history of Iittala. The
comprehensive Iittala collection of the Design Museum – over
ten thousand objects – and its extensive archives of documents and images are the curators’ primary resources.
The exhibition is complemented by items on loan from private and public collections.
Practically all Finns are familiar with the Iittala brand that has also gained international recognition. The history of Iittala is, in fact, a complex story that reflects not only the history of the design industry but also the story of Finland and the country’s journey into a modern, affluent society. Simultaneously, Iittala has had a key role in the development of international design.
The Nordic lifestyle, its progressiveness, sustainability and functional aesthetics are features that the brand cherishes and represents. What began as a small glass factory in 1881 has grown into a collection of timeless classics found in
many Finnish homes.