Iittala started as a glass factory in 1881, in a village of the same name in Finland. In its primitive years Iittala made simple glass wear to continental models. At the beginning of the 20th century this changed, Iittala was one of the first companies to move away from traditional decorative dinnerwear, and approach design in a more modern, functional and aesthetically pleasing way, introducing a progressive Scandinavian element.
The arrival of the modernist and functionalist movements during the 1930s and 40s had a big influence on the company, with pioneers such as Alvar and Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck leading the progession of the brand, design developed to match the designers philosophy that everything should be created with thought, and beauty, was well as being functional and accessible to everyone.
Today Iiittala is still producing these classic designs as well as creating new products, always keeping to the same design ethos. You can shop Iittala products at The Lollipop Shoppe by clicking here