A few weeks ago I attended a preview for the new Iittala X Issey Miyake Collection at the MoMA Design Store in New York City. The collection, which combines the Finnish craftsmanship of Iittala with the iconic style of fashion designer Issey Miyake, includes high quality ceramic plates, platters, cups, and a tealight candleholder; a glass vase; and textiles including a pleated totebag, a “table flower” in two sizes, napkins, place mats, and cushion covers. A color palette of white, pink, green, gray unites the modern, yet soft pieces. The MoMA Design Store will be exclusively sell the collection through May 2016. All images courtesy of Iittala, except where noted.
Finnish brand Iittala has teamed up with the Paris-based designers (and this year’s London Design Medalists) Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to design Ruutu, a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colors. Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, can be combined to make seamless installations where delicate, watercolor-like palettes and light seem to melt together like molten glass. Like Ittala’s iconic Alvar Aalto collection, Ruutu is created in Iittala’s Finnish factory where each vase takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce symmetrical items that still look and feel handmade. Each vase has the designers’ name engraved on the base. The vases will be available for purchase in early 2015. All images courtesy Iittala. A little video where the designers discuss their design:
I have broken more glasses in my day than I would like to admit, so in addition to being stylish, I need my glassware to be affordable. That’s why it’s good news that Sausalito, California-based Heath Ceramics has branched out from their roots in handcrafted ceramic dinnerware and tile into hand-blown glass. The Heath Glass collection includes an affordable group of seven glasses – three tapered, three straight, and one wine glass, that are made in a ten-step process by a group of highly specialized craftsmen in an 80-year-old glass-making factory in West Virginia. The overall design of the pieces may be simple, but they are stylish all the same. Prices: small glasses (2 for $24); medium glasses (2 for $26); large glasses, wine glasses (2 for $28).