ISSUE 102  |  True North

Shades of Gray: The New Finnish Household Basics

December 10, 2013 12:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Iittala, the classic Scandi tableware company based in Iittala, Finland, is moving beyond the kitchen and into the home, thanks to a new collection of lighting and storage. To debut the lines, the company recruited three Finnish bloggers to style the designs for a series of photos. Here’s what Suki Vento of the blog Varpunen came up with.

N.B.: We’re longtime fans of Suki’s. Visit her home in our post A Lesson in Geometry from Finland (and the way it looked before she redesigned it in House Call: Varpunen in Finland).

Above: A plywood tabletop tableau includes the Teema Pearl Gray Mug, a 1952 design by Kaj Franck, €13.90, alongside the Kaj Franck Mini Serving Set, a ceramic triangle, square, and circle, €34.90 for the three. See more of Suki’s styling and photography at Varpunen.

Above: One of Iittala’s most celebrated glass designs, the candle-lit glass hurricane lamp by  Harri Koskinen, is now produced in an electric version; the White Lantern comes in two sizes: 600 mm (left), €299, and 250 mm (right), €159. Made with an EU plug, it requires an adapter for US and UK outlets. Here, the lanterns stand next to Suki’s own table, a classic by Eileen Gray.

Above: The two white lanterns paired with Suki’s flea market-sourced marble serving pieces.

Above: Plywood Vakka Boxes and White Vakka Boxes, recent designs by Klaus and Elina Aalto of Aalto Aalto in Helsinki, are meant for creating stacked storage and can also be used as side tables. They range in price from €169 to €199 each from Iittala. Suki pairs the boxes with a a long chain made of brown paper. For more storage pieces from Iittala, have a look at the new gray felt Meno Home Bags, €39 to €79 each; we’re eying them for wrangling holiday clutter.

 To see more Iittala tabletop favorites profiled on Remodelista, visit our Shop section.