iittala Kastehelmi Universal Glass, Set of 2, Grey $50.00

Designer: Oiva Toikka (1964)

Manufacturer: Iittala

Country of Origin: Finland

Materials: Glass

Dimensions:  H: 12.5cm; Dia: 8cm

Why is it Special?

The Finnish word “kastehelmi” means “dewdrop,” which refers to the rings of small glass beads that give each piece in the Iittala Kastehelmi collection its distinct character. Originally designed by Oiva Toikka in 1964, the Kastehelmi series was relaunched in 2010.

Iittala's Kastehelmi drinking glasses with stems are part of the popular Kastehelmi glassware collection designed by Oiva Toikka. Decorated with strings of glass bubbles, the stemmed Kastehelmi glasses add a distinctive touch to any table setting from the breakfast table to formal dinner parties.

The idea of using droplets of glass as decoration came to Oiva Toikka when he was thinking of ways to hide the joint marks left by the production process. The result was Iittala Kastehelmi, which features rings of tiny glass bubbles that extend outwards from the centre of each piece. Today, as then, Iittala Kastehelmi is one of the most beloved series in the Iittala range.