Designed by

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), the Finnish architect and industrial designer.

The form

A freeform glass vase with a wave-like appearance when viewed from the side. Designed ?in 1936 and first presented at the 1937 World Fair in Paris, its unique shape is possibly derived from the many lakes which dot the Finnish landscape, as Aalto’s father was a cartographer.

What makes it special

The vase was an instant success, both as a practical vessel and as a piece of art in its own right, and works equally well on its own or in a group of varied heights. It has become a defining piece of 20th-century glassware and is found in the collections of many of the world’s design museums.

Where to buy

Visit Iittala