What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects made to enrich people's everyday lives. Iittala creates distinctive, multi-functional objects with lasting design that allows for individual use and expression.
In the early years of modernism and functionalism, during the 1930s and 40s, pioneers like Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck led the development of the Iittala brand. Their belief was that objects should always be designed with a thought, essential and above all, available to all. It was their thinking that set the foundation for the Iittala design philosophy – to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.
Iittala strives to create icons that will last a lifetime. What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people's everyday lives. More than just beautiful objects, Iittala creates timeless designs that will never be thrown away.
Matti Klenell graduated with his MFA from Konstfack, Stockholm in 1999. He founded the Matti Klenell Studio in 2000 which currently works with various designs and mediums to represent a large sum of clients. Klenell also produces limited edition pieces and works with private art commissions.
From 2000-2006 Klenell served as Head of Department at the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. His work is represented globally and he has permanent collections in the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, the Museum of Design and Applied Arts in Gardabaer, Iceland and the Museum of Värmland in Karlstad, Sweden. Matti Klenell was recipient of the Ljunggren Design Prize in 2003.