Vase (glass)


Savoy vase (1936), Alvar Aalto

Designed in 1936 by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto as an entry in a design competition for the Karhula-Iittala glassworks factory, the iconic Alvar Aalto Vase is one of the most famous glass pieces in history. It is also known as the Savoy Vase, because it was one of a range of custom furnishings for the luxury Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. In 1937, the vase was displayed for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.

The design was inspired by the dress of a Sami woman. The vase was originally manufactured by the glassworks factory using a wood mold which was slowly burned away. The original height of the Savoy vase was 140 mm.

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