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Ruutu vase

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  • Description

    The fluidity and vibrant feel of the mouth blown glass creates the delicate character for the new Iittala collectible vase Ruutu. Created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Ruutu might be simple in shape but it takes the most skilled craftsmen in the glass factory to produce.

    Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When collected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive. Like Ittala's iconic Alvar Aalto collection, Ruutu is also created in Iittala's Finland factory.

    Each vase is a simplified masterpiece taking seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce in the Iittala glass factory. Glass blower Tapani Viljamaa says, "It is fascinating to struggle with a living material. Glass is a material that does not forget if you do not treat it well. It has a memory."

    The large colour variety presents another challenge in production: reaching an even, delicate colour requires the exact temperature, timing and a great deal of expertise in glass-mass chemistry.

    Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec explain, "Iittala knows very well how to manipulate colours. In Ruutu, we were able to create a delicate, watercolour-like palettes that intermingle with each other when combining sizes and colours. Ruutu allows a game of composition. We wanted to show the sophisticated range of Iittala colours while at the same time handing the job over to the user who will feel tempted to have several modules to create his or her own individual assemblage."

    Ruutu was an inspiring challenge in the Iittala glass factory given the many hours required to create symmetry, yet keep the feel of a handcrafted, unique product. "We were seeking to express the purity of glass blowing in this simple diamond shape," explain the Bouroullec brothers. "Glass is a material that likes round shapes. When hot it flows like honey and does not like to be pulled into a very precise geometric shape. By developing the strict shape we are reaching the limits of the material, and using the highest level of the Iittala glass-blowing expertise."

  • Technical Info

    11.5 x 8cm,
    11.5 x 14cm
    11.5 x 18cm
    20.5 x 18cm
    20.5 x 27cm

    Mouth-blown glass
    Colours: clear, desert, cranberry, salmon pink, grey, moss green, copper

    Each Ruutu vase has the designers' name engraved on the base.

    Hand-wash only.

  • Designer
    Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

    Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, born 1971 and 1976, respectively, in Quimper, France, studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.

    Since 1999 both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own design firm. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organization of interior space.

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    • 11.5 x 14cm, Aqua
    • 11.5 x 14cm, Cranberry
    • 11.5 x 14cm, Salmon Pink
    • 11.5 x 18cm, Clear
    • 11.5 x 18cm, Grey
    • 11.5 x 8cm, Clear
    • 11.5 x 8cm, Desert
    • 20.5 x 18cm, Clear
    • 20.5 x 18cm, Cranberry
    • 20.5 x 18cm, Moss green
    • 20.5 x 18cm, Rain
    • 20.5 x 27cm, Clear
    • 20.5 x 27cm, Copper

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    In stock

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