Ultima Thule by Tapio Wirkkala

Ultima Thule by Tapio Wirkkala

Regina Yunghans
Sep 26, 2007

Decorative glassware that's a virtual classic in Finland. The Ultima Thule collection of glassware, designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala in the 1960's, looks like an icy landscape in the base of the glass. His designs are always beautiful works of art in glass, but these take the cake.

An extensive set of glasses reflecting the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. The forms imitate nature and gradually change as the molten glass burns the surface of the wooden moulds.

This distinctive classic from the 1960s contributed to Iittala's international breakthrough. Ultima Thule crystallizes the distinct expressive power of Finnish glass.

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