As the Iittala glassworks celebrates its 130th Anniversary, the Claritas collection by Professor Timo Sarpaneva (1926–2006) is being blown back into life – with all the unattainable colours, which Sarpaneva could only dream of in the 1980s, now glowing in statuesque forms. The Claritas collection was born at the Iittala glassworks in 1983. This happened in a workshop where new methods of mouth-blowing were being developed and new glass blowers trained. Timo Sarpaneva led the work, together with master blower Reino Löflund.
Initially, the glassblowers made pieces of glass jewellery with a small air bubble inside. When Sarpaneva saw these pieces, he posed the blowers the challenge of creating the biggest bubble possible inside the glass. This is said to be the Claritas collection’s moment of birth. In a burst of creativity, Sarpaneva created the Claritas method of embedding air bubbles, which reflect light like concave lenses, in glass.
The original collection included 63 different works of art, all approved by Sarpaneva. Three different versions of these pieces have been available in Iittala’s present-day selection. To celebrate its 130th Anniversary, Iittala will introduce Claritas art pieces never seen before, these will include seven delicate pieces of glass art and one special, numbered version.
Iittala Claritas Collection, by Timo Sarpaneva
French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec presents a wooden bird called L’Oiseau, at this years Salone del Mobile in Milan. The bird will be a companion to the Eames House Bird which the Eames’s discovered on their travels and whose original designer remains unknown.
“It is a simple bird without any other function than trying to propose a caring presence, a pleasant company. We have always been fascinated by animal representations whether they are primitive or more contemporary — from ivory bears made by the Inuit community to the Finnish birds made in blown glass. It could seem outdated to be interested in such subjects however we truly think that it is a necessary fantasy to continue supplementing this symbolic bestiary.”
L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Vitra
The Sé / Jaime Hayon collaboration is the result of an idea from founder Pavlo Schtakleff to create ‘haute couture’ furniture by carefully sourcing only leading experts to create unique styles and finishes. This enabled Hayon to create a full range of pieces that would, in Schtakleff’s mind, undoubtedly result in this perfect coupling of design originality with Sé’s now firmly established basis of superior craftsmanship and technological expertise.
The materials chosen for the collection are a selection of the finest woods, metals, marbles and fabrics – the edit of these, resulting in a richness clearly demonstrated within each piece. Shapes within the collection are dynamic and light. They are objects of comfortable luxury, each with a strong identity yet classic in their ability to work within a variety of environments.
Sé Collection II, Time Piece, by Jaime Hayon, for Sé
Fascinated by the history of Viennese Silver, Thomas Feichtner created a fruit bowl for the renowned Wiener Silber Manufactur. This bowl is not a rounded body, instead, it is a sophisticated interplay of internal and external surfaces. At first glance, it appears as if the fruit might fall out through the openings in the legs, but actually, it becomes wedged and therefore stabilized. This, at one and the same time, is both an intended irritation and its most significant functional element. This way, the interface area between bowl and fruit is kept to a minimum, thus reducing the size of pressure area and potential damage to the fruit. Simply bending the silver sheet produced a self-supporting structure, supported by three legs. Thus, in marked contrast to the organic shapes of the fruit, an almost ‘technical’ effect is achieved, formally pointing to the style of Feichtner’s previous works.
Fruit Bowl, Silver 940/000, by Thomas Feichtner Produced by Wiener Silber Manufactur
Six business-attired figures, viewed from above in diagrammatic form, are passengers in a vehicle on a relaxing outing. However, one of the passengers is restrained. The trunk reveals various instruments and tools (length of rope, tape recorder, baseball bat, shovel, etc.). While each element in this scenario is individually innocuous, together they make up an undeniably sinister collection. The Committee exposes the risk to the potential of an idea when driven by a collective will — when the original motivation and criteria take a back seat to the impulsive decisions of individual committee members. You are the ultimate driver in this unfolding narrative of control.
Meticulously handcrafted from industrial grade materials in a limited production of 25 units. Handmade archival storage box, provenance, rotary engraved serialization included.
The Committee, by Auditorium Toy Co.
The bowls are an exploration into the different qualities of wood. The whole bowl is turned out of a single piece of ash, and we wanted to see how thin we could make the wood, and how it would contrast with the solid base. The bowls were designed for Norwegian Prototypes 2010, where the brief was to design something that could be carried onto an airplane. Besides the dimensions we were completely free to do whatever we felt like. It was a great opportunity for us to work formally also on a theme we have been exploring for a while, the meeting of different shapes, and how different shapes are perceived when carved out of a single block of matter.
Ash Bowls, by StokkeAustad
TrayBowl shamelessly exposes the chaos it contains. Inspired by salt/ pepper and oil/vinegar service trays, TrayBowl lets one separate hers or his two favorite capsules flavors. The way to use the object is clear, yet nonrestrictive. The black melamine tray allows for an easier reach at the last capsules remaining in the bottom of the bowl.
TrayBowl Capsule Dispenser by Philippe-Albert Lefebvre Product Design for Nespresso
“Two things were important to me when I started my research for the ikebanaMedulla vase. The first mostly practical one was to design a vase that would remain ‘inhabited’ even without flowers. The second one was to create a piece whose shape brings together great peace and wild, almost animal tension. Recently I’ve been very attracted to this idea of natural wildness and the ikebanaMedulla vases are actually my first attempt at representing this notion. I like to draw objects almost in a trance, I like to believe that with distance, an object can be fully integrated in a living room, and when you look closer, the entire landscape grows. I wanted something alive.”
– Benjamin Graindorge
What better way to create a cozy atmosphere around the home than to sprinkle a few Kivi votive candles. The wide range of colours lets you create a cocktail of colours for every individual occasion of year. The design is so minimalist that one might easily imagine that it took endless stripping away of the unnecessary until it emerged. As Heikki Orvola explains, however, the process was somewhat different: “When I got the commission, I knew what they wanted from me: a Scandinavian glass candleholder. I gave it some thought and then that ‘blunt piece of tubing’ began to take shape in my mind.”
“When I sketched the shape, I thought, that’s it right there — the only right solution.”
Iittala Kivi Candle Holders, by Heikki Orvola
Cutlery turns into cover. Join is more than simply knife, fork or spoon. It is a decoration for the table. The magic joining mechanism fascinates everybody. But not everybody will manage at once to transform the little sculpture into cutlery. A little skill and a good eye is necessary. But do not worry — up to now nobody starved when unravelling the magic knot. Many times a meal grew cold because the cutlery itself, made of long life high-tech plastic material, was simply too fascinating. You should book Join a place at your table.
Join Cutlery, by DING 3000, for Konstantin Slawinski