What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. Iittala believe objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression.
The Finnish name for ‘dewdrop’ refers to the circles of bubbles in the pressed glass. Inspired by Finnish nature, the dewdrops glisten like a string of pearls on grass in the morning sun. Designer Oiva Toikka’s love for experimentation led to the creation of an entirely new droplet design for Kastehelmi. The resulting surface structure brings out the living, reflective beauty of the glass.
Originally released in 1964, Oiva Toikka's Kastehelmi series was reissued in 2010.
The idea of using droplets of glass as decoration came to Toikka when he was thinking of ways of covering the joint marks left on the surface of pressed glass pieces by the production process.
Kastehelmi is Finnish for "dew pearl".
Made in Finland