Iittala’s Virva table lamp’s mouth-blown shade has lovely fluted surface that creates a beautiful reflection when the light is on. Designer Matti Klenell drew inspiration for the lamp from Iittala’s extensive archive of glass products; he was particularly fascinated by different textured surfaces of old glass designs. To create just the right texture, the Virva lamp has been blown into a carved mold with each line carved by hand, one by one. Horizontal on one side and V-shaped on the other, the fluted surface gives the lamp a beautifully sculptural appearance even when turned off.

Virva is also inspired by Nordic folklore: the name is a reference to the Finnish word ”virvatuli”, meaning Will-o’-the-wisp in English. In Nordic folklore, Will-o’-the-wisps are phantom lights seen floating over swamps and other uninhabited areas, thought to be spirits misleading travellers in the dark by carrying a lantern. Will-o’-the-wisps can also be seen as a symbol of hope, as in some stories they are told to mark the location of a secret treasure buried by fairies.


Virva table lamp, linen



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Mouth blown glass
25 cm
25,5 cm
Bulb base
Light source
3-4W LED (not included)
IP rating
Protection class
Energy label
A++ - E
Cable length
250 cm

Matti Klenell

The Swedish designer Matti Klenell (b. 1972) graduated from the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden, in 1999. Matti Klenell has become known for his innovative take on the Scandinavian idea of the intrinsic link between form and function.

In 2000 he founded his own company, the Matti Klenell Studio, which works with various design commissions for a large number of clients. Apart from projects to be produced serially, the studio also develops limited edition works as well as public and private art commissions. One of Matti Klenell’s most famous designs is the Four vase created for Muuto in 2006. Four is a blown and cold worked glass vase in coloured and clear glass. The inside ball is perforated with four holes in various sizes to fit with a single flower as well as a big bouquet of flowers. And even without flowers Four is a beautiful piece of design work. In 2010 Matti Klenell designed a new collection of Birds for Iittala. This is a new addition to the Iittala Birds collection, which was first introduced by Oiva Toikka in 1972 with his Birds by Toikka, a growing collection that gets new pieces every year. Matti Klenell has been crowned designer of the year in Sweden, and has won several prestigious national and international awards. In 2003 Matti Klenell was awarded the prestigious Ljunggren Design Prize and his work is represented in the permanent collections of various museums.


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