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  • Description

    The glass designer and decorative artist Göran Hongell was one of the pioneers of the Finnish glass tradition. With his mouth-blown glassware service Aarne, Hongell won the gold medal in 1954 at the Triennale in Milan. His famed creation also set the trend for essential glassware in the 1950s, a trend that remains to this day.

    Aarne was selected as the symbol of the iittala glassworks for its 100th anniversary in 1981 and is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    Aarne remains one of the most classic shapes in the world of tabletop design. The distinguishing features of the lead-free crystal Aarne glassware are its thick base and tall, thin delicate lines that elegantly flare outward.

  • Technical Info

    Iittala-glass is high quality, special glass, which is optically very bright. It endures chemical and mechanical wear well.

    Iittala glass has been specially treated to be dishwasher safe. By following the instructions below, your Iittala glasses will bring you joy for a long time. Place the glasses on the upper level of your dishwasher so that the rims do not touch during the wash. Fill the upper level of the dishwasher with other objects, so that the spurts of water do not move the glasses. Rinse milk and buttermilk glasses with cold water before placing them in the dishwasher to prevent proteins from settling on the glasses. Use short dishwashing programs and low temperatures. It is best to hand wash delicate glasses, pitchers and jugs. Do not stack warm glasses immediately after washing as they may get stuck and break. When serving hot drinks, we recommend glasses made from special heat resistant glass. Iittala glass is not oven safe nor do we recommend you put them in the microwave.

  • Designer
    Göran Hongell

    Göran Hongell (1902-1973) was born in Helsinki, Finland. He studied at the department of ornamental painting of the Central School of Arts and Crafts in Helsinki in 1919-1922 and worked as an ornamental painter from 1923 until 1927. Hongell founded a company together with Gunnar Forsström in 1928. Their joint works included ornamental paintings for Noormarkku Church. Hongell also designed posters and was involved in the interior decoration of the new Capitol cinema in Helsinki. His poster designs include an elegant poster for the 1928 Finnish exhibition of applied art, which he drew together with Gunnar Forsström. As a glass designer Hongell was one of the pioneers of Finnish glass tradition. Hongell was also a faculty member of the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he taught ornamental painting from 1927 until 1935. He joined the Ornamo association of designers in 1924 and was an active member until the late 1930s. Back in the 1930s, he presented a first version of what would become his most famous creation, the hand-blown glass series Aarne. In 1954, he won the gold medal at the Triennale in Milan with Aarne. With the arrival of Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva in the 1950s, Hongell faded out of the limelight, but he remained a trailblazer in modern Finnish glass.

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