Design: Harri Koskinen
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Iittala Atlas candle holder is designed by Harri Koskinen. Designed originally in 1996 its sculptural shape is still fresh and eye-catching. Its hand-blown form is an intriguing combination of dynamic strength and ethereal poetry, which ensures that it works even when there is no light inside. Glass is a material that Koskinen knows inside out: “My time at the Iittala glassworks taught me a lot. In particular, it gave me a deep respect for the ability of the glassblower to transform glass – such a living and sometimes difficult material – into precisely the shape the designer is looking for. Atlas is a challenging piece for the glassblower and crystallises the mystical quality that glass offers, a material that is both soft and powerful at one and the same time. A candle in it only brings out the colour of the piece even more.”
Material: Mouth-blown glass Colour: White Width: 11 cm Height: 23 cm
Harri Koskinen (b. 1970) is a versatile Finnish designer who has studied at the Lahti Institute of Design and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. His international breakthrough was in 1996 with the Block lamp, which is already considered a Scandinavian design classic and has been part of the MoMA’s permanent collection since 2000.
Functionality and enduring design are in the core of the design philosophy of the Finnish glassware company Iiittala. Founded in 1881, Iittala started as a glass manufacturer, and today, glass and art glass are still an essential part of its heritage. Perhaps the most famous singular object of Finnish design, the Aalto vase, was designed for Iittala in 1936 by Alvar Aalto.
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