The Ultima Thule line is an Iittala classic. The Ultima Thule Cordial glasses are beautiful and unique. These elegant glassware pieces can be for everyday use, or for special occasions. The collection was inspired by the melting ice in Lapland. The design reflects thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. The patterns gradually change as the glass burns the surface of the wooden molds. Ultima Thule means “outside the borders of the known world”, and these pieces are definitely out of this world! You will never see anything else quite like these intricately handmade glasses and bowls.
About the Designer
A versatile genius synonymous with Finnish design, Tapio Wirkkala’s contributions to the world of functional art include everything from elegant glassware to the design of banknotes. During his world-renowned career, Wirkkala earned a vast array of awards, including three gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1951 and another three in 1954.