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Amsterdam Antwerp Berlin Helsinki London Stockholm


Amsterdam Ilkka Suppanen Antwerp Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius Berlin Alfredo Häberli Helsinki Minna Parikka London FredriksonStallard Stockholm Sofia RonthÊn


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This magazine is Created as a tribute to the creative spirit generated by the people behind the Iittala brand – keeping the philosophy of Kaj Franck alive. Special thanks to. Susanna Grönblom Tuija Aalto-Setälä Lotta Eskolin Minna Saari Annukka Salonen Piia Puhakka Juha Vesamäki Kati Kyllönen Katarina Lindroos Sara Davidsson-Nyman Sophie Giescke Linné Jenny Conradsen Städe Maaike Brink Amarens van der Meulen Taija Glas Otto Freijser Liana van Dijk David Peters Jodi Mullen Editor-in-chief Vanessa Gandy Creative Director Anders Nord Copywriter Sabrina Shim Graphic Design Hanna Alm Film Director Gregory Brown Web Art Director Sami Haikonen Production Manager Fredrika Östgren Portrait Photography Pierre Björk www.pierrebjork.com Still life Photography Daniel Lindh www.daniellindh.com Photo from Alfredo Häberli´s office by: Isabel Truniger www.i-t.ch Stylist Joanna Lavén www.joannalaven.se


Create. The roots of Iittala date back to 1881, when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland. Their breakthrough came during the 1920s and 1930s with the revolutionary designs of glassware by Aino Aalto (1894-1949) and the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). Today, Iittala is based in Helsinki and much more than glass. They offer design objects with heritage, quality and craftsmanship that are iconic, combinable and multifunctional. Along with the Aaltos, Kaj Franck (1911-1989) is another radical hero for Iittala. Adopting his belief that all objects should be designed to be combined—in style, colour and form—Iittala objects complement one another, allowing you to mix and match freely. These combinations simultaneously express your individuality and encourage you to Create. Contrary to popular belief, the ability to Create is not a gift, but a frame of mind. So when Iittala invited known creatives to express themselves and unleash their imagination by combining Iittala objects and life, the aim was to understand the nature of creativity and inspire others to make those kinds of journeys in everyday life. Eight people were invited to represent six European cities, each a creative hotbed in their own right. They were chosen for their diverse backgrounds, as well as the different ways they express themselves. Given the task of creating a personal combination and a special window installation for the Iittala store in the city they represent, the eight creatives thought hard, made sketches and then met up in Helsinki to share their ideas. There was a visit to the Iittala factory, where they made their own mouth-blown glass vases and a raucous dinner together at Havis, a restaurant in Helsinki. Having explored Franck’s “designed to be combined”, this is a working document for Create. We have gone behind the scenes and followed the creative process of each person. Follow their voyage on these pages, see the window installations in person or on the web, be inspired by the combinations you see and challenge yourself to be creative by choice, not just by trade. As Alvar Aalto once said, “The end user decides the use.” The decision is yours. Create. Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Helsinki, London and Stockholm. 26 February-9 April 2009. To view film interviews and see the window installations, go to iittala.com.


Amsterdam Ilkka Suppanen Antwerp Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius Berlin Alfredo Häberli Helsinki Minna Parikka London FredriksonStallard Stockholm Sofia RonthÊn

Amsterdam Ilkka Suppanen


Ilkka Suppanen studied both architecture and Interior and Furniture Design in Helsinki. In 1995, he founded Studio Suppanen, offering strategic design in interior, product and concept design, along with architecture. One of the best-known contemporary Finnish designers, Ilkka has won a number of awards, while his work has been exhibited worldwide and belongs to several museums, including the Stedelijk Musem in Amsterdam.

Q&A Amsterdam Ilkka Suppanen

My name is: Ilkka Suppanen I am currently living in: Helsinki I was born in: Kotka (I have never visited the city since) My current occupation is: Designer If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: Tender, demanding and willing I like: Women, fast cars, the sea, food, wine, quietness

The talent I would most like to have is: I would like to write I never leave home without: Clothes, keys If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: Italy or California My most treasured possession is: My photographs My favourite writer is: Mikhail Shokolov, Kari Hotakainen

I dislike: Lies, dishonesty

My favourite artists are: Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Konig, Richard Serra

My favourite colours are: Not one, many‌ and they change

I feel at peace when: I am alone or next to the sea

The living persons I most admire are: Oscar Niemayer, Martti Antisaari

I’d be nothing without: My memories

I love the smell of: Women, wine

Right Ilkka taking a moment at the Iittala showroom in Helsinki.


Amsterdam Ilkka Suppanen

Left Ilkka enjoying the banter around the dinnner table.s Right Catch a glimpse of Ilkka’s sketches and presentation.


With the structure of a family tree in mind, Ilkka journeyed through the Iittala collection for Create and discovered several imaginary relationships with their inspirational offspring. For example, the marriage of an ultramarine blue Kartio and the Red Cardinal by Toikka would result in Taika bowls. Weaving in precious items from memories of his own travels—saffron from Jordan and sand from Stromboli—Ilkka has Created a truly personal combination for Iittala.

Left Ilkka in conversation with one of the craftsmen at the Iittala factory (above) and with Alfredo- at the Iittala showroom (below). Right Sketches of the “family tree”.


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Verna wine glass 22 cl clear 1 pcs

Hotcool tea 34 cl black 1 pcs

Teema mug 0.3 L black 1 pcs

Bottna mug 0.3 L 1 pcs

Ultima Thule Cocktail 16 cl 1 pcs

Aarne d.o.f. 32 cl 1 pcs

Maribowl 155 mm Matt frosted 1 pcs

Ultima Thule ice-lip pitcher 150 cl 1 pcs

Vigna bird Circoli small 190 x80 black 1 pcs


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Antwerp Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius


Klaus Haapaniemi is an internationally recognised artist who has created prints for fashion labels such as Cacharel and Levi’s, textiles for Marimekko and Christmas windows at Selfridges. Mia Wallenius is an art director for Gucci. Both Finnish-born, the couple currently live in London, but are inspired by the fascinating cities they travel to and the magic of imagination.

Q&A Antwerp Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius

My name is: Klaus Haapaniemi

My name is: Mia Wallenius

I am currently living in: London

I am currently living in: London

I was born in: Helsinki

I was born in: Helsinki

My current occupation is: Artist

My current occupation is: Art Director

I like: Baltic Herrings, Friday Night Project (TV show)

I like: Sweets, clothes, shoes, cinema, cookbooks

I dislike: Yoga, Big Brother, News programmes

I dislike: Handbags

My favourite colours are: No favourites, I like them all

My favourite colours are: Plum, true blue

The words or phrases I most overuse are: “Big Momma’s House”, “Dude!” and “…excellent.”

The living persons I most admire are: Not particularly anyone, but people who are strong, independent, kind and inspired

I love the smell of: Train tracks, shoe polish, gasoline, lilacs The talent I would most like to have is: Cooking skills

The words or phrases I most overuse are: Sh*t, awesome, modern, great! I love the smell of: Cat’s fur

I never leave home without: Keys, mobile, wallet, umbrella

The talent I would most like to have is: Good memory

If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: Moscow, Vladivostok, Boston, Murmansk, Vienna, Mexico City, Ibiza

I never leave home without: Headphones, lipstick

My favourite writer is: Rosa Liksom My favourite artists are: Roger Federer, Right Says Fred, Heston Blumenthal I feel at peace when: Republicans lost the US elections I’d be nothing without: Credit cards

If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: Big Sur, California My most treasured possession is: My toy collection My favourite writer is: Milan Kundera My favourite artists are: Vermeer, van Dyck I feel at peace when: I’m doing nothing I’d be nothing without: Klaus

Right Klaus and Mia were both born in Helsinki, but now live in London.


Left and Right Detail of Taika by Klaus.


Antwerp Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius

“Lasting design means objects are like collector’s items.”


An instant classic when introduced in 2007, Taika is the creation of Klaus for Iittala. The newest edition to the collection, graphic black and white Taika provides the perfect backdrop to Klaus and Mia’s personal collection of colourful Russian toys. The couple’s playful style is combined with the strong and bold design of Aino Aalto plates and bowls they both admire.

Left Sketch of an element from the window installation in Antwerp. Right Details of Klaus and Mia’s collection of Russian toys with Taika and Aino Aalto.


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Berlin Alfredo Häberli


Alfredo Häberli was born in Argentina, but moved to Swizterland as a teenager. Based in Zurich and an internationally recognised designer, his work unites tradition with innovation, along with playfulness and energy. Alfredo has worked with companies such as Alias, Camper, Kvadrat and Volvo, his designs have been exhibited around the world and he has won many awards.

Q&A Berlin Alfredo Häberli

My name is: Alfredo Häberli I am currently living in: Zürich I was born in: Buenos Aires My current occupation is: Industrial Designer If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: Humour, honest, passionate I like: People

I love the smell of: Coffee, Asado (Argentinian meat), red wine I never leave home without: Keys, money and handkerchief If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: Capri or Tuscany My most treasured possession is: Shiro Kuramata vases, my 35 metres of books

I dislike: Arrogance, lies

My favourite writer is: Pablo Neruda

My favourite colour is: Turquoise blue

My favourite artist is: Alexander Calder

The living persons I most admire are: My children, my parents, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic

I feel at peace when: I am sketching and searching for ideas

The words or phrases I most overuse are: Design

I’d be nothing without: My wife and my parents Right Alfredo telling a story.


Berlin Alfedo H채berli

Left Outside of the Iittala factory, in the village of Iittala, north of Helsinki. Right Alfredo at the Iittala showroom and then looking on at the Iittala factory as Kartio glasses go through quality control.


One of Iittala’s most established designers, Alfredo wanted to celebrate not only the 10th anniversary of Origo with a new pattern, but also some of his favourite Iittala objects of the last decade. Inspired by strong colours and a sense of fun, Alfredo’s combination includes some of his own objects—eye-catching Origo, stackable Tris and statuesque Essence—along with a graceful Colletive tools spoon and a cheerful Bird by Penttinen.

Left and Right Alfredo playing around in his studio, combining Origo and Tris with personal items.


Berlin Alfedo Häberli

“Being a designer is like a big present every day.”

Left Essence wine glasses and Origo egg cups with their distinctive coloured centres. Right Alfredo’s Essence carafe.


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Helsinki Minna Parikka


Born and raised in Helsinki, Minna Parikka is an upand-coming shoe designer. Trained in London, Minna started designing her own shoes at the age of 15 and launched her own label in 2005. Her shoes are now found in ten countries across four continents. Taking her Nordic roots and love for fashion of past eras, Minna has created a distinctive and seductive style with tassels, bows, hearts and buckles.

Q&A Helsinki Minna Parikka

My name is: Minna Parikka I am currently living in: Helsinki

The words or phrases I most overuse are: Lovely, amazing and really I love the smell of: Mint

I was born in: Helsinki

The talent I would most like to have is: Acrobatics

My current occupation is: Footwear Designer for Minna Parikka shoes

I never leave home without: Lipstick

If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: Perfectionist, passionate, positive I like: City lights in the dawn on a warm summer night I dislike: Rudeness My favourite colours are: All shades of red and pink. In general, I like bright colours. The living persons I most admire are: Anyone who dares to follow their dream

If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: London or the Caribbean My most treasured possession is: My grandmother’s locket My favourite artist is: Roisin Murphy (singer) I feel at peace when: Things are moving forward I’d be nothing without: The people who love me

Right Minna takes a bite out of a chocolate truffle after dinner.


Remembering the first gift she ever gave her mother that wasn’t handdrawn or made, Maribowl became the focal point of Minna’s personal combination for Iittala. Choosing colours such as pink, grey and the new purple, Minna wanted to create a world that mirrored her glamorous shoe designs. Combining the Maribowl with Kivis, Ote, black Teema and the new black & white Taika, the effect is remarkably feminine and beautiful.

Left Minna at Havis and earlier in the day, at the Iittala showroom with Patrik and Ian talking about their creative process. (Below) Sofia and Minna on a coffee break. Right Minna creating her own mouthblown glass at the Iittala factory.


Helsinki Minna Parikka

“My own personal style is very much taken from the 30s and 40s, but I do like modern day design, as well. I like to combine them both.”

Left and Right Sketches and images of Minna’s window design showcasing her glamorous shoes.


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London FredriksonStallard


FredriksonStallard began their collaboration in 1995 as students at Central Saint Martins. Based in London, Swedish-born Patrik Fredrikson and British-born Ian Stallard have since become internationally renowned designers and leading exponents of British AvantGarde Design. Officially launching their practice in 2002, they have exhibited all around the world, won numerous awards and received commissions from Swarovski, Chanel and Veuve Clicquot.

Q&A London FredriksonStallard

My name is: Patrik Fredrikson

My name is: Ian Stallard

I am currently living in: London

I am currently living in: London

I was born in: Sweden

I was born in: England

My current occupation is: Designer

My current occupation is: Designer

If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: Earth, wind and fire

If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: I can’t decide

I like: Red wine I dislike: Whiskey The living person I most admire is: Ian (my partner) The words or phrases I most overuse are: “…really.” I love the smell of: Coffee The talent I would most like to have is: Patience I never leave home without: Shoes If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: New York My most treasured possession is: My mind My favourite writer is: JG Baccard My favourite artists are: Paul McCarthy and John Chamberlain I feel at peace when: I’m under water I’d be nothing without: My mother

My favourite writers are: George Orwell and Roald Dahl My favourite artist is: Alexander Calder I feel at peace when: Sleeping in the back of a car on a long motorway journey I’d be nothing without: Patrik

I like: Heavy rain when I was planning on staying in I dislike: Attitude My favourite colours are: Absolutely all of them, though the emphasis shifts. Today, I saw a great dusty pink. The living person I most admire is: Patrik The words or phrases I most overuse are: “Don’t know” I love the smell of: Moss The talent I would most like to have is: Play the violin or banjo I never leave home without: Keys If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: New York My most treasured possession is: A photo of my great great uncle with the hole from the bullet that killed him through it.

Right Patrik and Ian sharing their ideas with the other creatives at the Iittala head office.


London FredriksonStallard

Left Patrik and Ian reveling at Havis and earlier at the factory. Right A quiet moment at the Iittala factory with Patrik and Ian looking out at shards of coloured glass that will later be used in asphalt.


Committed to honestly representing materials and forms, Fredrikson Stallard have Created with Iittala a combination exploring the contrasts between personal objects and Iittala’s essential design. Oxidized metal echoes the ingredients that make up Kartio’s glass in moss green and grey. Ceramic casts of anatomical animal hearts meet white and olive green Teema. Burnt polyurethane sits against a towering Aalto vase, while a Victorian silver tray that belonged to Ian’s mother plays against modern lines.

Left and Right Patrik and Ian at their studio in London, exploring materials to combine with their chosen Iittala objects.


London FredriksonStallard

“Modern pieces don’t have to live in a modernist bubble.”

Left Details of the ceramic studies of animal hearts and rusty steel. Right Detail of Patrik and Ian’s combination with Kartio, Teema, rusty steel and the silver tray.


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Stockholm Sofia Ronthén


Sofia Ronthén is a stylist based in Stockholm. As a fashion student at Beckmans, she became an assistant to a fashion editor at Swedish Elle and even before graduating, a highly sought after stylist in her own right. Today, Sofia’s long list of clients includes Gant, Volvo, Ikea, Nokia and Mitsubishi. She is also a frequent contributor to Elle and an accomplished window dresser. Focused and motivated, Sofia is as cerebral as she is passionate about style. Q&A Sofia Ronthén Stockholm

My name is: Sofia Ronthén I am currently living in: Stockholm

The talent I would most like to have is: To make my money grow, not disappear so fast and to be a mathematician

I was born in: Uddevalla

I never leave home without: My watch

My current occupation is: Stylist

If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be: London

If I could describe myself in three words, they would be: Happy, determined and restless I like: Champagne, early mornings, kisses and going fast in car and boats I dislike: Laziness and when people stop being curious My favourite colours are: Blue, green, pink…oh God I like all colours

My favourite writer is: Barbro Lindgren My favourite artists are: Linn Fernström, Olle Baertling, Jacob Dahlgren I feel at peace when: I have my morning coffee at my favourite café. I’d be nothing without: Big laughs

The living persons I most admire are: My best friends and Richard Branson The words or phrases I most overuse are: “It’s fantastic” and “It’s lovely” I love the smell of: Lavender and amber

Right Sofia and Alfredo smile for the camera.


Stockholm Sofia RonthĂŠn

Left Sofia listens to an amusing story while at dinner. Right Sofia in conversation with Alfredo and Ilkka at the Iittala showroom, along with her sketch for the Stockholm window installation.


For Create, Sofia was inspired by fantasy and fairytales. She imagined a world in which an abandoned house welcomes its new inhabitants of overgrown plants and inquisitive birds. To complement her vision, she selected Kartio in the new apple green colour, Birds by Penttinen and Owls by Toikka. Then she added white and olive Teema to her combination. As a final touch, pink flowers in bloom can be found throughout Sofia’s creation.

“When you do it your way, you can combine anything.”

Left and Right Details of Sofia’s combination.


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Ilkka Suppanen´s combination Kartio glass 40 cl ultramarine blue Red Cardinal 130x200 mm Taika bowl 0.6 L black, blue and white

Klaus Haapaniemi Mia Wallenius combination Taika plate 22 cm black Taika plate 30 cm black Aino Aalto plate 175 mm clear Aino Aalto bowl 20 cl clear Aino Aalto bowl 35 cl clear

Alfredo Häberli´s combination I’m all bananas bird 145 x 170 mm Essence carafe 100 cl turquoise Essence sweet wine 15 cl clear Origo cup 0.05 L Origo mix Origo mug 0.25 L Origo mix Origo bowl 0.25 L Origo mix Collective tools serving spoon 24 cm


Minna Parikka´s combination Kivi 60 mm purple, grey and pink Maribowl 120 mm purple Taika bowl 0.6 L black Teema plate 21 cm black Ote wine glass 29 cl grey Taika napkins

FredriksonStallard´s combination Aalto vase 400 mm clear Kartio glass 40 cl grey and moss green Kartio glass 21 cl moss green Teema plate 26 cm white Teema bowl 15 cm olive green and white

Sofia Ronthén´s combination Snowball 145x170 mm Cottoncandy 120x193 mm Barn Owl 155x100 mm Little Barn Owl 155x100 mm Kartio glass 40 cl apple green Kartio glass 21 cl clear and apple green Teema mug 0.3 L olive green Teema bowl 15 cm olive green Teema bowl 21 cm white


Alvar Aalto (February 3, 1898 — May 11, 1976)

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