Oiva Toikka’s Whooper Swan is a beautiful white glass bird who joined Iittala’s bird family in 2007. Whooper swan is Finland’s national bird, and its design honors the Karelia region, where the designer Oiva Toikka was born.
The first collection of Iittala Birds was designed in 1972 by Professor Oiva Toikka, renowned for his unique contribution to Finnish art glass over the past half century. Every year, Professor Oiva Toikka and the skilled glassblowers assisting him at the Nuutajärvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, breathe life into yet new species of Iittala Birds. The first bird was the Flycatcher, appearing in different colour variations. Over 300 species have been created, some of them more enduring in production than others. Each bird is a unique individual, signed with the artist’s name as well as the name of Nuutajärvi – it is the tangible product of skilled artisanship. The passing of time enhances the value of these art objects. That is why Iittala Birds are cherished and valued gifts and irresistible to collectors around the world, from Finland to the United States and from Central Europe all the way to Japan.
- Mouth-blown glass
- 33 cm
- 21 cm