Iittala’s Aalto vase, made from recycled glass, was launched in a lower 140 mm size in celebration of the brand’s 140th anniversary in 2021. The special edition vases are crafted using waste glass from the Iittala glassworks and blown into a wooden mould that gives the glass an organic, varied texture.

Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, the Aalto vase has become one of the most iconic pieces of Finnish design and glass art. Characterised by an organic, ambiguous shape, the piece is even more fascinating made from recycled materials: the vases are made of whatever waste glass is available at the time, meaning that their hues may vary from blues and greens to neutral tones. Due to the recycling process, mould material and the traditional manufacturing method, each individual vase has its own characteristics that make it uniquely captivating and truly one of a kind.


Aalto vase 140 mm, recycled glass


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Recycled glass
Clear. Please note that the exact hue may vary.
14 cm
0,95 kg
Care instructions
Hand wash only

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is probably the most famous Finnish architect and designer in the world. In 1921 Alvar Aalto got the Diploma of Architecture at the Helsinki Institute of Technology and his career as an architect started. One of the most important works he was commissioned was the planning of the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. This project meant also the beginning of Aalto’s career as a furniture designer – in fact, this was the first building planned by Aalto which was entirely furnished with pieces of furniture designed by Aalto himself – including the lighting as well. Other important projects completed by Alvar Aalto are the Viipuri Municipal Library, Villa Mairea, La Maison Carré and the Finnish Pavilions for the 1937 Paris and 1939 New York World Fairs.

In 1935 Alvar Aalto, together with Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl, founded Artek, a world-renowned furniture and lighting company. The company was created "to sell furniture" – designed by Alvar Aalto – "and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means". 

One of the most ingenious innovations by Alvar Aalto is the L-leg, patented in 1933. Aalto considered his L-leg design his greatest achievement and even compared it to the invention of the architectonic column. Thanks to this innovation, the legs could be attached directly to the table, chair and stool tops. Alvar Aalto was a versatile designer whose work covered different fields. He is well-known also for his elegant lamps, which very often were designed for individual construction projects and later on adapted for the serial production. Alvar Aalto was also an esteemed glass designer and his most famous work as a glass designer is the Aalto vase (or Savoy vase) – one of the most iconic glassware pieces in Finnish design.

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