vases are honored by the cooper-hewitt, national design museum permanent collection. updating the museum’s holding of scandinavian and contemporary glass, ruutu
joins previously selected iittala glassware by tapio wirkkala in this curated and highly respected collection.
iittala’s first collaboration with ronan and erwan bouroullec, ruutu is a series of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colors. when collected and combined, they make a seamless installation where both the strength and delicate qualities of glass come alive. meaning diamond in finnish, ruutu is created from mouth-blown glass in iittala’s finland factory. each vase takes seven craftsman 24 hours to produce. the large color version presents the biggest manufacturing challenge: reaching an even, delicate color requires the exact temperature, timing and a great deal of expertise in glass-mass chemistry. precise execution of a well-conceived design makes ruutu a natural fit for a museum devoted to advancing the public understanding of design and human creativity both past and present.
located in new york city, the [ cooper-hewitt ] is one of nineteen museums that falls under the wing of the smithsonian institution and is the only museum in the united states devoted to historical and contemporary design. the permanent collection consists of more than 200,000 objects representing contemporary and historical design in four curatorial departments – drawings, prints, and graphic design; product design and decorative arts; textiles; and wallcoverings.
[ iittala ] started as a glass factory in iittala, finland in 1881, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. iittala believes objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression. as a company based in fin-land, where quality, aesthetics and functionality are important values, iittala believes in interior design that lasts a lifetime. the progressive philosophy of finnish design heroes, kaj franck and alvar aalto, acts as in inspiration to keep iittala forever relevant.
editor’s note> ruutu possesses extraordinary technical detailing, the corners for example, the clearness and purity of color, the gradation of color due to the variance in thickness, i.e., the lightening at the very thin and unique 30 degrees corners. photography does not do this collection justice. click on photo > enlarge
‘Discover Design’ is five years old in 2015 and is a destination of more than 100 design-centric exhibitors from around the world. The confines includes the ‘Discover Design Gallery’ featuring the products submitted for the gia awards; ‘Design Debut’, an incubator program within Discover Design, featuring 10 new companies; and the Discover Design Lounge with Wine Bar and Café. In 2015 over 270 entries were viewed by 20 judges to select the 2015 gia awards winners:
[ best Collection Design ]
That! inventions > heat THAT!
Iittala > Ruutu
Jia > Steamer collection
[ best product design ]
Eva Solo > Digital kitchen scale
Joseph Joseph > Can-do
That! inventions > scoop THAT!
Alessi > Cheese please
Big Dragon Design > Turbine usa pizza cutter
David Rasmussen Design > Wud tumbler
Dreamfarm > Savel
Po > Pao thermal mug
[ martin m. pegler award for best booth ]
sagegreenlife > Firefly bio-dome
above> heat THAT! by that!
above> ruutu by ronan and erwan bouroullec for iittala
above> steamer collection by jia
above> digital kitchen scale by eva solo
above> can-do by joseph joseph
above> scoop that! by that!
above> cheese please by gabriele chiave and lorenza bozzoli for alessi
above> wud tumbler by david rasmussen design
above> savel by dreamfarm
above> páo thermo mug by po
above: turbineusa pizza cutter by big dragon studios
above> firefly bio-dome designed by daniel pouzet for sagegreenlife
[ 2015 judges ]
Specialty retailers, design and consumer editors, trendspotters and independent designers served as Discover Design judges for the gia awards. They are: Asko Ahokas, Asko Ahokas Consulting; Jens Bauerle, Global Brand Vision; Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu; Meredith Doherty, The Grommet; Mary Rose Gearon, Global Brand Vision; Michael Higdon, National Building Museum; Raymond Hu, Core77; Ron Kovach, DesignApplause; Dan Kraemer, IA Collaborative; Lu Lyndon, Placewares+Lyndon Design; Paul Makovsky, Metropolis magazine; Marco Perry, PENSA; Jamie Rowley, Fab; Billy Shelton, Chicago Architecture Foundation; Michele Tobin, Walker Art Center; Becky Tyre, Gift Shop magazine; Robyn Waters, R W Trend; Adrienne Wheatley, Culture + Commerce, Terri Winter, Top3 by Design; and LinYee Yuan, Mold.
2015 was our (DesignApplause) third year to judge this show. with almost one hundred more entries (270) than 2014, the competition this year was noticeably higher. all items were judged online – it’s worth noting, video submissions are compelling – though there were photo-only winners.
[ official release – winners ]
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Anu Penttinen, a glassblower and designer, isn’t trying to “change the world,” she just wants to make”well-made designs that hopefully make a difference in someone’s day.” The dailiness of design is something I keep hearing designers speak to, whether it’s a better contact lens case or a beautiful hand blown glass dish for your keys, the small things we handle multiple times throughout the day have the biggest impact on our lives.
Penttinen has been working with glass ever since she converted to it from ceramics while she was a student at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2003 she started her own company, Nounou Design, which she now runs completely by herself – not just all the paperwork, but every item Penttinen puts her name on is blown or formed herself. With her dedication to craft it’s no wonder she’s continually commissioned by Iittala, which began as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland in 1881. You probably know them for their gorgeous tableware, but Penttinen’s latest edition for the brand is the Vitriini Box (available in large and small, wood and glass combinations, from $40-$115 – and no, I didn’t get a freebie for writing this!)
In luscious hues of peach, amber, violet, yellow, blue, green clear, taupe and smoky gray, the boxes look more like precious gems. Penttinen says she doesn’t “believe in gimmicks or designing stuff for the sake of stuff. I love eccentric designs that are very well designed, of high quality but containing an element of surprise, unexpected color combinations or a twist of some kind.” Even if that twist is as simple as swapping a glass base for a beautiful piece of wood, I think she easily fulfills her own credo. Some of her pieces are more intricate, with patchwork, nature inspired motifs, but it’s her simple, back-to-the-basics handblown style I love best. And my dailiness would be markedly improved if I tossed my keys into one of her purple glass cases at the end of a long day instead of hanging them on a nail by the door.
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