An Experiment in Design Production: The Enduring Birds of Iittala
In recognition of the 10 year anniversary of the glassblowing partnership between Museum of Glass and Finland’s Iittala, Inc., the 2013 exhibition An Experiment in Design Production: The Enduring Birds of Iittala pays special attention to the history of the Iittala glass factory in Nuutajärvi, Finland. Like other recent closures in Europe, such as the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland, Nuutajärvi has reached a point of no return and is likely to close its doors sometime in 2014. The exhibition runs through January 12, 2014.
Since 2003, factory glassblowers have come from the Finnish glass factory to the fine art setting of the Museum of Glass Hot Shop where one-of-a-kind replicas of commercial objects are made before an audience. As always, the partnership features the design and production of an annual bird specifically for the Museum. A mated pair of resplendently colored wood ducks has been selected as the focus of Iittala’s 2013 residency and this is the first year that two birds, rather than one, have been chosen. A limited edition of 200 pairs of Wood Ducks will be available for purchase exclusively in the MOG Store.
Internationally recognized designer Professor Oiva Toikka has developed hundreds of species of birds for Iittala over the past 50 years. A display of these birds, along with rare prototypes and other specimens from the Museum’s collection and private collections will be on view in the Grand Hall.
Image credit: Birds by Toikka, Wood Ducks.