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Toikka New York Bird Limited Edition

by Oiva Toikka, from iittala

toikka new york bird limited edition

toikka new york bird limited edition

Design Oiva Toikka, 1972/2015
Hand blown art glass
Made in Finland by iittala

Limited edition of 200 numbered birds.

Professor Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass art. Toikka's birds embody Iittala's commitment to craftsmanship and imagination, deviating from the streamlined aesthetic of Scandinavian design in imaginative, rich and bold ways, earning international praise. Each design incorporates new color combinations and techniques for one-of-a-kind beauty that is collected by people of refined taste worldwide.

For this project Iittala handpicked five social media influencers from five key urban centers to channel the souls of their cities for Professor Oiva Toikka. He received the imagery and the atmosphere of the cities from the international collaborators. He combined these with his own reflections from his personal visits and, through the birds; he interpreted how the cities appear to him. The outcome is a collection of delicate birds with strong and uniquely urban character.

The City Bird Collection consists of five limited edition birds named after the city they take inspiration from. The collection of 200 numbered birds is crafted in the Iittala glass factory by highly skilled glass blowers who work closely with the beloved Birds by Toikka collection.

Oiva Toikka remembers from his first visit to New York that he was "wandering in many mazes" and surprisingly he was not scared at all but found the city to be very sweet and sympathetic. The city rises towards blue skies and has many layers. The New York bird carries these elements: the opal white strip decoration twirls upwards towards the blue sky. The strong coloring was an obvious choice for the city that never sleeps and constantly heads upwards, in many ways.

11.5" L | 5" w | 8.5" h

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Oiva Toikka

Professor Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. His imaginative, rich and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. He has worked in the performing arts for as long as he has in glass. The Birds collection is Toikka’s best-known work. He has enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards.
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people's everyday lives. Iittala believes objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that allows for individual use and expression. The progressive philosophy of design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires to keep Iittala forever relevant. Iittala creates beautiful objects... timeless design that will never be thrown away.

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