The Aalto Vase, also known as the Savoy Vase, is a world-famous piece of glassware and an iconic Finnish design created by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino. It was one of a range of custom furnishings and fixtures created by the Aaltos, and used in the luxury Savoy restaurant in Helsinki that opened in 1937 (You can still dine at the Savoy today. Be sure to try the tasty Vorschmack, and have a Calvados with your coffee for us!).
Of the vase, Aalto said,
"An object doesn't have to be a final product; on the contrary, it should be manufactured so that people themselves, guided by their own individual rules, can bring its form to perfection."
Handblown in Finland. Originally manufactured by the Iittala glassworks using a wood mold which was slowly burned away, today the mold is made of graphite. Each vase requires a team of seven people to make it. The original height of the Savoy vase was 5.5 inches. Since then, many sizes of the vase are in production in a variety of colors. The way shape of the vase creates small pockets to help arrange flowers. It is also a beautiful container for fruit or other objects.