Design: Aalto Vase (also known as The Savoy Vase)
Designer: Alvar Aalto
Country of Origin: Finland
Materials: Mouth-blown glass
Background: One of Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s most iconic works, the vase was originally designed as an entry to a design competition by hosted by the Karhula-Iittala glassworks factory. Aalto originally crafted the vase by placing a number wooden sticks into the ground and blowing molten glass between them, something that gave the vase its organic, wavy quality. Due to this original production method, early Aalto vases are notable for their slight surface imperfections. The vase came to be known as the Savoy Vase, because it was one of the original furnishings in the Savoy Restaurant, an luxury establishment that opened in Helsinki in 1937.
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.