Born in Karelia, 1931. Oiva Toikka is renowned for his glassware designs for Iittala, the Finnish design company. Originally trained in ceramics, he took up glass design later in life and is best known for his glass birds series. Toikka has also enjoyed success in a number of other creative outlets. He has worked as a stage and costume designer, generally working with Finnish director Lisbeth Landefort, although, in recent years he has also been associated with productions by the Finnish National Opera. Through the years, he has also contributed textile designs to the Marimekko collections.
Professor Oiva Toikkas surprising and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. He has won numerous awards in recognition of his consummate artistry, among them Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal, World Glass Now 85 Award, Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal.