On 24 November 2021, Iittala’s official anniversary, the local community of Iittala celebrated a new landmark at the heart of the village. The installation, called Circulation, created by designer Tuomas Markunpoika, marks the 140th anniversary of Iittala Glass Factory and the Iittala brand, illustrating the close relationship between the glass factory and the local village. Founded in 1881, Iittala Glass Factory remains at the core of Iittala’s now internationally renowned Nordic design brand. Iittala’s essential objects have played an important role in Finnish homes through the decades. This has inspired Markunpoika’s work, which symbolises the home of Finnish glass.
Iittala plays a significant role in Finnish material culture, with Iittala objects found in almost every home. In 2021, Iittala celebrates its 140th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a spectacular glass installation has been created in the village of Iittala in the Kanta-Hame region. The project, which is a collaboration with the City of Hameenlinna, has been ongoing since 2019. The designer of the glass installation is Tuomas Markunpoika, who has collaborated with Iittala before. In his designs, Markunpoika aims to add a hint of mystery and surprise to everyday objects. ”In essence, my work is about the unity and harmony between the local community and Iittala Glass Factory. The social aspect is important to the Iittala story,” Markunpoika says. Markunpoika’s work symbolically combines traditions and nature to convey the symbiotic relationship between the village and the factory. ”I didn’t want the installation to be associated with any specific Iittala object, as the story of Iittala isn’t just about a single item,” Markunpoika continues.