‘I have a feeling that the days of the fully matched tableware sets are over,’ says Jasper Morrison of his new dining collection for iconic Finnish glass and tableware brand Iittala.
The collection, which launches in stores at the beginning of 2019, is the latest in a long line of celebrated Iittala collaborations that stretches back to Aino and Alvar Aalto and Timo Sarpaneva through to Antonio Citterio and more recently the Bouroullec brothers.
The Raami collection consists of four informal looks that combine on the table to create a balanced and harmonious setting: clean-lined white ceramics; classically refined stemware; wooden serving trays hewn in Slovenian oak; and textured glassware including tumblers, tealight holders and a mouth-blown carafe in colours from Iittala’s distinctive palette.
Morrison adds, ‘What counts more these days is the atmosphere of the table. I noticed that a table with unmatched well-chosen pieces loosens the formality of a table setting and helps create a more homely and relaxed atmosphere.’
The name of the collection – ‘frame’ in Finnish – reflects a desire to frame the moment at the table, promote good atmosphere and enhance enjoyment of food, family and friends.
Morrison has described Raami as ‘a family of relatives which have varying characters according to types… Every item is an equal part of the entity, perfect on its own, yet meaningful to the collection.’