Finland achieved independence on 6th December 1917, breaking away from Russia (between 1809 and 1917, Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire; prior to this, the country was ruled by Sweden).
Iittala’;s Ultramarine Blue
To commemorate Finland’;s centenary, celebrated Finnish heritage brand Iittala has selected a colour from its extensive glass colour library: the ultramarine blue. Serene and calming, blue is a colour of great depth. Iittala’;s vibrant ultramarine is a brilliant blue hue, made with a special glass recipe in Iittala’;s glass factory in Finland. For Iittala, the ultramarine blue colour shows an appreciation of the warmth of the Finnish national character.
Iittala’;s collection of ultramarine blue products are crafted by its skilled glass-blowers. Heikki Orvola’;s Kivi votive, Alvar Aalto’;s vases and Kaj Franck’;s Kartio tumbler, have each been made in the ultramarine blue colour for a number of years. Iittala has now revived this colour across Oiva Toikka’;s Kastehelmi range. Also, the brand has introduced the mouth-blown ultramarine blue ‘Finland 100 Dove’; by Oiva Toikka, to mark Finland’;s centenary. Only 2,017 Finland 100 Doves will be produced, and the Aalto vases (160 mm and 251 mm) will be engraved with a reference to the centenary.
All Iittala ultramarine blue product photos © Fiskars Finland.
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