Dining room is designed by Aalto+Aalto together with Iittala for the artist Sasha Huber.
Aalto+Aalto is the Helsinki-based design office of Elina and Klaus Aalto, working with products, spaces and exhibitions. Their aim is to create special everyday objects with a strong identity and story. They are inspired by time-tested techniques and all kinds of factories and flea markets. Their special skill is managing to make things which are imaginative and different but still simple and timeless. Their work has been widely exhibited and is included in the collections of the Design Museum in Helsinki and in Quebec. They have been awarded the iF golden product design award.
Iittala embraces the essence of Nordic living. It is about functional and refined aesthetics, but it’s also about a deep respect for the progressive ideas that shape our way of life. For us, design is a human issue. It is a way of looking forward.
As a pioneer of Nordic design, Iittala is dedicated to the pursuit of better living. We believe in striving for balance by focusing on the essential things in life. More than just a collection of beautiful objects, our design exists to increase your sense of wellbeing. By choosing Iittala, you choose thoughtful design that is in tune with you and the ever-changing nature of your life. Design made to be loved and used, day in and day out, for decades and generations to come.
Iittala’s design icons are already known all over the world. We will continue to seek out new ways to inspire, innovate and take a stand for the things that matter. Instead of chasing trends, we will remain faithful to our heritage and respect the qualities that make our design lasting and timeless. Above all, we will always be guided by the knowledge handed down to us by our designers - and the passionate craftspeople who have run our factory since 1881.
"We set out to choose an artist who would mirror both our own and Iittala’s world, where profound thinking meets simple form. We decided to choose Sasha Huber, whose work we have always admired and who we’ve known for a long time even though we’ve never worked together. She has developed a technique where she creates images with an air-staple gun, producing visually beautiful pieces which have a strong message, often dealing with inequality, and amplified by the act of shooting them with a symbolic weapon. Quite quickly and intuitively we came up with the idea of a dinner table, where the table cloth would be stapled onto the table and Sasha will be making a new piece for the exhibition from this starting point."