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Iittala’s Kastehelmi tumbler, made of recycled glass, is decorated with strings of delicate glass droplets that resemble dewdrops glistening in the morning sun. Designed by glass artist Oiva Toikka, the charmingly unusual tumbler will spark joy both in the everyday as well as on more festive occasions.

The recycled glass Kastehelmi tumbler 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.

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Kastehelmi tumbler 30 cl, recycled glass

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Material
Recycled glass
Colour
Clear
Capacity
30 cl
Care instructions
Dishwasher safe

Oiva Toikka

Oiva Toikka (1931-2019) was a Finnish glass artist who became known worldwide for his collection of glass birds designed for Iittala. His imaginative, rich and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design.

The Birds collection is Oiva Toikka’s best-known work. Iittala Birds is a unique collection, even in global terms. Every year, Professor Oiva Toikka and the skilled glassblowers assisting him breathed life into yet new species of Iittala Birds. The first birds created by Oiva Toikka and the glassblowers of the Nuutajärvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, saw the light of day in 1972. 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 – 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.

During his long career, Oiva Toikka created important works in glass. In 1964, he designed Kastehelmi, a range of glass tableware, for Iittala. The series was in production for over 20 years and in 2010 Iittala reintroduced a selection of the most popular pieces in the range to celebrate Toikka’s 50 years of work with the brand. Even though glass was always Toikka’s favourite material, he worked with ceramics as well – he originally studied ceramics and his career started at the art department at Arabia. Another example of his creativity is represented by the pieces designed for the Me Too collection by Magis – the same collection which also includes the sympathetic Puppy and the colourful Trioli children’s chair created by Eero Aarnio – as the rocking chair Dodo and the coat rack Paradise Tree. Oiva Toikka enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards, among them Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal, World Glass Now 85 Award, Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal.

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