Ultima Thule candleholder 6.5cm
The most famous design by leading figure of Scandinavian Design, Tapio Wirkkala. Inspired by melting ice in Lapland the detailed surface texture is carved into a wooden mould from which the glass is created using a pioneering glass-blowing technique which took hundreds of hours to perfect. Designed in the 1960s Ultima Thule is a truly iconic mix of art 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 the beginning of the 20th century dinnerware was decorated with a variety of ornaments. Iittala was one of the first companies to make the transition from decorative dinner sets to functional, aesthetically pleasing objects infused with progressive Scandinavian design. The core idea behind Iittala is to offer aesthetically and functionally durable products that bring enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life.
Born in Hanko, Finland. Tapio Wirkkala is known as the versatile genius of design. His contribution to design includes everything from glass products to the design of banknotes and graphic art. During his career, Wirkkala has participated in many international exhibitions, as well as being the artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki for many years. He has won a large number of awards, including three gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1951, followed by another three in 1954.