2017 marks 100 years of Finland becoming an independent state, and to mark the occasion Iittala is launching new blue colourways of its popular Teema range of ceramic tableware, as well as a new ultramarine glass range especially for the anniversary. As Finland’s national colour, and one which represents the Finns’ affinity with nature, blue is the perfect choice for the new ranges, in order to mark such a significant anniversary and pay homage to the design brand’s home country.
For Teema’s new look, a cool light blue hue has been chosen to update the timeless collection, which was originally created by Kaj Franck in 1952. The light blue glazing complements the current Teema range by adding a light, airy shade to the permanent range of white, black and grey. In addition, Teema will also be released with a new dotted blue finish that gives a new expressiveness to the collection. The glaze on each piece is unique, with the dots forming gentle, random patterns in the production process.
For its 2017 glass colour, Iittala has chosen a rich yet calming shade of ultramarine that brings its collection to life with great symbolic significance, while also marking Finland’s 100th anniversary. The colour has been made with a special glass recipe in Iittala’s factory in Finland, and pays tribute to the clarity and warmth of the Finnish national character. Alongside the Alvar Aalto collection and Kivi votive by Heikki Orvola, a stand out piece from the new blue range is the mouth blown ‘Finland 100 Dove’ by Oiva Toikka.
Furthermore, Fiskars, parent company of Iittala and the oldest company in Northern Europe having been founded in 1649, will donate an area of previously privately owned Finnish forest to the public to mark the occasion next year.