The History of a Classic Vase
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For 70 years now the Iittala factory in Finland has diligently produced Alvar Aalto's sinuous Savoy vase. Originally part of a housewares collection that Aalto submitted to the Karhula-Iittala design competition in 1936, the vase was first presented at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, where the theme was "Art and Technology in Modern Life." At the time of its conception, the vase's graceful enigmatic form challenged the glassblowers who pioneered the making of it. "Back then it didn't matter how fluently they produced it, because production was far more occasional," says Paivi Jantunen, former information manager and now consultant at Iittala. This year the industrious little factory located in a quaint Helsinki suburb celebrates 125 years of glassmaking and seven decades of ongoing innovation in the production of Aalto's legendary vase.
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