Iittala is a Finnish design brand founded as a glassworks in 1881 and specializing in design objects, tableware and cookware. Iittala's strong design background in Finnish glasswares and art glass is demonstrated in the early designs of Aino Aalto glasses from 1932, Alvar Aalto’s Savoy Vase from 1936, Oiva Toikka’s glass birds collection from 1962 or his glassware set Kastehelmi from 1964 and Tapio Wirkkala’s glasses Ultima Thule from 1968. Iittala succeeded to expand from glass to other materials, such as ceramics and metal, but kept their key philosophy of progressive elegant and timeless design, e.g. Kaj Franck’s Teema ceramic tableware from 1952 and Timo Sarpaneva’s cast iron pot Sarpaneva from 1960. Iittala's focus on timeless design is seen also in the modern classics such as cookware Tools designed by Björn Dahlström in 1998, Heikki Orvola’s Kivi candleholders from 1988, Alfredo Häberli’s ceramic Origo tableware designed in 1999 and the Essence glasses from 2001, Anu Penttinen’s Vitriini from 2010 or the tableware Sarjaton using ceramic, glass, wood and textile as materials, designed by Harri Koskinen, Aleksi Kuokka, Musuta and Samuji in 2012.