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Bouroullecs, Iittala with Ruutu

Created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Ruutu – new Iittala collectible vase – might be simple in shape but it takes the most skilled craftsmen in the glass factory to produce. The name of this collection means...
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Created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Ruutu – new Iittala collectible vase – might be simple in shape but it takes the most skilled craftsmen in the glass factory to produce. The name of this collection means diamond or square in Finnish. It is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When col-lected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive. Like Iittala’s iconic Alvar Aalto collection, Ruutu is also created in Iittala’s Finland factory. However, where the Aalto vase embodies an organic form, Ruutu follows strict form and makes a perfect col-lectible.

Pictures by Iittala

Each vase is a simplified masterpiece taking seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce in the Iittala glass factory.  It was to create symmetry, yet keep the feel of a handcrafted, unique product.

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.” – Tapani Viljamaa, Glassblower.

With this video by Iittala from Juriaan Booij, it is possible to watch the making of and to discover the Bouroullec‘s interventions:

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