Well known for glass-art expertise, Iittala is proud to introduce Aarre, a unique wall jewel collection. These mouth-blown decorative wall knobs are a premium collectible for a small art gallery at home. Beyond aesthetics, the knobs are also functional, serving to hang personal belongings and create a wall of memories. Home is our most personal place, where we want to surround ourselves with meaningful objects.
Aarre wall jewel creates new possibilities for displaying personal things. Easy to assemble on the wall, each Aarre holds 11 lbs (5kg) of weight. two screws and instructions are included inside the package. Every piece is mouth blown and therefore unique with a glass blower touch and designer inspiration behind. Packed in a beautiful round packaging which makes them a perfect gift for someone special.
The unique wall jewel collection, Aarre (meaning Treasure in Finnish), showcases the glass-art expertise for which Iittala is so famous. These unique, mouth-blown decorative wall knobs are a premium collectible for a small art gallery at home. They are also functional: by hanging personal belongings on them you can create a wall of memories. Each Aarre is a unique glass art piece that can be displayed solo or in different combinations.
The Aarre wall jewel collection is a tribute to the grand old master of Finnish glass, professor Oiva Toikka. His one of a kind career in glass art inspired designers to create a concept for unique, mouth-blown glass art collection. All designers selected a theme they wanted to work on and Oiva Toikka mentored the designers throughout the process. The pieces come to life in the hands of the very skilled Iittala factory glass blowers.
The Aarre collection is designed by renowned Finnish designers with whom Iittala has collaborated for a long time: Markku Salo, Anu Penttinen and Aalto+Aalto. Each designer explored a distinct theme in their design: Glass artist Markku Salo had his eyes on the cosmos, while glass artist Anu Penttinen looked at the richness of underwater life and transferred that to her colorful and clear style. Elina and Klaus Aalto, who work with many materials, researched the word flora as a source for inspiration. The end result is an interesting and rich collection of eight jewels in a variety of colors and shapes that bring a new angle to the Iittala interior collection. The unique handprint of each glass blower, together with the unpredictability of glass as a material, results in subtle variations of color shades and details in objects – giving Aarre their unique charm.
Anu Penttinen knows her glass, as it is her medium of choice as an artist and she has a studio at the Nuutajärvi Glass Village. She is a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and her art reflects her interest in the phenomena and details of the urban environment. Maps, city streets, and transport – moving from place to place and location to location – have always fascinated her: “I filter out my visual world from concrete places and human activity, which can end up as abstracts for my glass pieces.” Her preference is for strong colours and clarity of form.
Elina Aalto and Klaus Aalto opened their own design office Aalto+Aalto in 2010. The two designers share the desire to create functional, aesthetic and emotional objects that bring something new to the material field. It is typical of them to look for new points of view for everyday objects. Aalto+Aalto has designed products for Kekkilä, Selki-Asema and SavetheC, among others.
Markku Salo is one of the main names in Finnish contemporary glass art. He is a bold and experimental artist who knows glass inside out and is known for his colourful and impressive works. Salo has received wide recognition of his works including the Georg Jensen award. His works are included in the collections of major international institutions focusing on design and glass, including Cooper Hewitt and Corning Museum of Glass in United States, Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Röhsska museum in Sweden.