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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sale! 20% off iittala

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You have approximately one week to scoop up great deals on iittala — our 20% off sale ends on August 5th, 2014.

In case you are unfamiliar with iittala, it’s a brand that offers many iconic pieces for design lovers, from hand-blown glass birds designed by Oiva Toikka to classic vases by Alvar Aalto.

iittala Toikka Barn Owl

By the way, in case you were wondering about the man who behind the birds, this is Oiva Toikka:

But there is so much more to iittala than just the coolest glass birds around. It’s my go-to for host/hostess and wedding gifts. When there’s a sale like this, I like to stock up. Don’t tell my friends, but my standing wedding gift for everyone I ever met in architecture school is an Aalto vase. I like to scoop up a few when I can save 20%.

Kaj Franck’s Kartio Carafe

Of course, don’t feel like you have to buy stuff for other people. When there’s a sale, it’s an even better justification to shop just for yourself. The simplicity of Kaj Franck’s Kartio Carafe will please you minimalists and fans of all things Finnish.

iittala Sarpaneva 2.9 Cast Iron Casserole

The iittala  Sarpaneva 2.9 quart Cast Iron Casserole with the wooden handle will become your favorite piece of cookware, and you’ll leave it out on the stovetop 24/7 just to show it off. I gave one to my very picky impeccable Aunt Sally Wittenberg many years ago and it is always out on her stove. And Aunt Sally was never one to just leave things on the stove that weren’t in use.

Even if you’re just looking up to pick up a little something, there’s something special from iittala. My choice is the iittala Kastehlmi in light blue. The little beads make this such an elegant and charming piece.  While it is practical glassware, I’m thinking it’s going on my nightstand to corral my watch and jewelry, or perhaps with one floating flower in it.

But don’t let me tell you what to buy, go shop the sale yourself!

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Weekend Shopping Sale Alert: 20% Off iittala

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Been saving up for your favorite iittala bird by ? Looking to up your glassware, serveware or everyday china and silverware to something with timeless Finnish modern style? Do it now. iittala is on sale for 20% off now through December 3, 2013.

Here are just a few standouts from the collection, geared toward those you may need to buy a gift for:

The consummate cook: iittala Tools Cookware. This is for a cook/chef whom you really love a lot. Quality meant for professional chefs and style geared toward design aesthetes make these pieces the ones they’ll proudly leave out on the stovetop or pot rack even when they are not in use.

The bird lover: iittala Toikka Birds. Each glass-blown bird is a one-of-a-kind work of art by Oiva Toikka, and is something your giftee will treasure for life.

The MoMA member: An Aalto Vase. No modernists home is complete without an iconic Alvar Aalto vase. The smallest version starts at $54.40 with this sale, a total steal.

The oenophile: Essence Drinkware. These glasses are crafted from lead-free crystal and were designed to serve a full range of wines.

The modern host with the most: Vitriini Tray in Oak. Of course this is also a great gift for the hostess with the mostess. It’s a lovely tray for serving or corraling dressertop, nightstand or desk items or iittala glass boxes.

For me: Sarjaton Metsa Bowl. This little bowl is at the top of my list. No, I don’t expect you to send me one, but what the heck, I thought I’d throw my personal favorite in there. While it’s really meant for food and is dishwasher and microwave safe, my plans are to leave this Finnish porcelain beauty out on a shelf, on top of a stack of related books, like Finnish Summer Houses. Holy moly, I just looked up that book so I could shoot you guys a link and saw that sellers are reselling it for over $200! I may sell my copy so I can scoop up this bowl and a Toikka bird …

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Would You Stand Underneath a Chandelier Made of Scissors?

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Our pals over at iittala sent over this video and it gave me a nice little eye candy work break today. It’s of a group of very creative people putting together an amazing pavilion at their parent company, Fiskars. I’m not sure how long it took, but the video gives you the satisfaction of seeing it all come together in a little over two minutes.

I love the chandelier made of Fiskars orange-handled scissors; it’s so clever and beautiful, but adds tension to the space. Which begs the question, how comfortable would you be standing underneath it? I think I would be a bit nervous, yet I would want to see the view from directly beneath it.

The pavilion opened in May of this year at Fiskars Group headquarters in Arabia, Helsinki. Pentagon Design created the installations  from various products from their brands, including Iittala, Fiskars, Gerber, Arabia and Hackman.

The installation includes Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) glass pendants and Kastehelmi votives designed by the likes of Kaj Franck and Oiva Toikka creating a pixilated art piece that lets the light through.

Toikka also designed the many beautiful iittala birds I’m constantly coveting. Right now my favorite is the Whooper Swan in Gray, but tomorrow it will probably be the owl or the magpie!

Have you ever seen a really cool installation made of something unexpected? One that sticks out in my mind was a lampshade made of aviator sunglasses at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair years back.

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