Iittala, founded as a glassworks in 1881, is a Finnish design brand specialising in design objects, tableware and cookware.
Iittala's official i-logo was designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956.
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In 1917 due to the First World War raw materials began to become difficult to obtain, inflation caused prices to rise and wages soared resulting in Norstedt giving up the Iittala glassworks. Ahlström Group (a timber refinery) bought the Iittala glassworks and Norstedt resigned from the board in March 1917.
Up until 1910 – 1920 Iittala glassworks produced glass wares using imported moulds resulting in products being very similar within Finland and abroad.
In 1865 the Swede, Anders Norstedt resigned as administrator from the Nuutajärvi glassworks and moved to Helsinki to handle his business interests.
By 1895 Anders Norstedt was the majority shareholder of the Iittala Glasbruks Aktiebolag.
An initiative by Norstedt resulted in Iittala’s iron mould foreman, Alfred Gustafsson becoming the first in-house designer at Iittala glassworks.
In 1903 Gustafsson created the glass series Great Men to passively protest Russian rule.
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They along with the local Swedish glassblower Johan Fredrik Gauffin, who was part owner, made the first glass objects on November 24, 1881.