Aalto Vase Celebrates 70th Anniversary

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70 years ago, an anonymous entry for a competition at the Paris World’s Fair quickly became a world-famous, design icon, and is still widely appreciated today. The Aalto Vase, named after its creator Alvar Aalto, continues to win awards, has residency in famous museums, and is recognized and appreciated in hundreds of countries. Finnish glass company iittala celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Aalto Vase by introducing stunning new styles in the classic Aalto form.

Keep those doodles. Allow your hand to wander. You may just come up with a world-famous design. That’s what happened 70 years ago in Finland.

In 1936, Finnish architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto anonymously entered a competition to design a vase suitable for showing at the Paris World’s Fair. Aalto’s vase (http://www.finnstyle.com/gifts-vases-aalto.html), which he sketched out with Crayon on cardboard and scratch paper, became one of the most famous pieces of glass in history. Aalto, coincidentally Finnish for “wave,” created a vase that has free-flowing and natural lines. Popularly known as "The Aalto Vase," it continues to win awards, has residency in famous museums, and is recognized and appreciated in hundreds of countries.

Regardless of its constant demand, each vase is still crafted by its original mouth-blown process by Finland’s most skilled glassblowers. Collectors and aficionados worldwide covet the Aalto Vases, which— true to Aalto’s original intent—have been created in many sizes, shapes and colors.

To celebrate this year’s 70th anniversary of the Aalto Vase, Finnish glass company iittala has introduced the Aalto Vase in two spectacular jubilee colors, Petrol Blue and Flaming Red (http://www.finnstyle.com/otaalvas.html). iittala has also made Aalto’s design more accessible than ever by releasing products like the Aalto Cookie Cutters and Aalto Ice Cube Trays, which mold cookies and ice into the shape of the Aalto Vase.

All of these new designs, as well as the original Aalto Vase in several colors and sizes, are available at FinnStyle (http://www.FinnStyle.com) or 1-866-617-6176.

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