Toikka Glass Birds

design Oiva Toikka

Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish design. His iconic collection of Iittala glass birds first took flight in 1972 at the Nuutajärvi glass factory. Created in close collaboration with the glassblowers, the collection combined Toikka’s passion for nature and blown glass art. 

In 2014 the production of the series was transferred to the Iittala Glass Factory, where Toikka continued his close partnership with the team. Each mouthblown bird is unique down to the minute detail. 

Handcrafted and mouthblown at the Iittala Glass Factory, the collection embodies a rich fusion of glassmaking traditions. 

Ruby cranberry
21 x 13 cm

27,5 x 18 cm

Little tern cranberry
7,5 x 11 cm

Baby bluebird
8,5 x 12 cm

11 x 11,5 cm

24,5 x 24,5 cm

16 x 26 cm

11 x 20 cm

Sky curlew
14,5 x 10 cm

Kuulas rain
14 x 9 cm

Long-eared owl
11 x 17,5 cm

16 x 26 cm

Crake copper - annual bird 2022
14,5 x 11,5 cm

Crake egg copper - annual egg 2022
9 x 13 cm

Mediator dove
16 x 11 cm

Summer grouse
15 x 11 cm

Green ibis
20,5 x 16,5 cm

Whooper swan
33 x 21 cm

Flycatcher lemon-copper
3,5 x 6 cm

Flycatcher copper-lemon
3,5 x 6 cm

Flycatcher moss green-copper
3,5 x 6 cm

Flycatcher rain-red
3,5 x 6 cm

Flycatcher salmon pink-blue
3,5 x 6 cm

7 x 5 cm

Oiva Toikka

Oiva Toikka (1931 - 2019) is one of the great personas of Finnish glass design. His imaginative, rich and bold glass art is a departure from mainstream Nordic design. Oiva Toikka’s individual style is also evident in the utility objects he creates as they often deviate from the traditional clean-lined puritanism of Finnish design aesthetics. In addition to glass, his artistic activities cover staging, fashion design and plastic interior design elements.

Oiva Toikka has gained a solid international reputation throughout his prolific career, which dates back to the 1950s, having worked with well-known designers and artists both in Finland and abroad. He has won several prestigious awards including the Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal. In 1993, Oiva Toikka was given the honorary title of Professor of the Arts by the state of Finland. Birds by Oiva Toikka, a series designed for Iittala combines the artist’s limitless imagination with his expertise in the characteristics of glass. The unique and colorful birds, which are all handmade, have become the passion of collector’s worldwide.