Iittala’s Aalto vase, made from recycled glass, is characterised by an organic, ambiguous shape that has captivated design fans around the world ever since it was first introduced. Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, the vase has become one of the most iconic pieces of Finnish design and glass art; the characteristics of recycled glass make the piece even more fascinating.
The recycled glass Aalto vase is part of Iittala’s special collection crafted entirely of waste glass from the Iittala glassworks. Iittala’s philosophy has always focused on timelessness and durability as opposed to throwaway culture. Therefore, all waste glass at the Iittala glassworks is recycled or repurposed for creating new objects.
The pieces in the recycled glass collection are made of whatever waste glass is available at the time, meaning that their colours may vary from blues and greens to neutral tones. Due to the recycling process, each product has its own characteristics that make it uniquely beautiful and attractive. The recycled glass collection is a limited edition with special engravings, and each of the products also comes with a sticker that informs you of the recycled material used – an especially nice touch when received as a gift.