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Echoing rings of water, this pressed glassware from 1932 is tactile proof that essential design survives the test of time. Simple, space saving design that permits stacking and versatility were the starting point for these classics. In production since its launch, Aino Aalto glassware now celebrates 90 years of design history and today continues to drive the Iittala design thinking forward.
Aino Aalto (born Aino Mandelin-Marsio, 1894-1949) was a pioneer of Finnish design. Born in Helsinki, Finland, she received her architecture degree in 1920 from Helsinki Polytechnic. In 1924, Aino joined famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s firm. That step proved fateful for them both, both professionally and personally. They soon got married - and in 1935, they founded Artek together with Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The couple worked closely until Aino Aalto’s death, collaborating on several projects that have left a significant mark on global design.
Independently, Aino Aalto is also known for her own individual contributions which helped bring modern Finnish design to the international arena. Her architectural exhibitions for Artek received the Gran Prix at the 1936 Milan Triennial. Aino Aalto also won the gold medal at the same competition for her “Aalto Glasses” which were inspired by the circles created by throwing rocks in the water. Ninety years later, the versatile, stackable “Aino Aalto” glassware continues to be a timeless classic for Iittala. Aino Aalto also designed buildings, interiors, furniture and textiles.