Oiva Toikka ( 1931-2019)
One of Finland's greatest glass designers. His imaginative, tasteful and daring glass art stands out from the mainstream of Nordic design. Toikka's artistic activities extend beyond glass to stage direction, fashion design, and plastic interior design. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Kaj Franck Design Award and the Prince Eugene Medal, and in 1993 was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Art by Finland. The series "Birds by Toikka" designed for Iittala is the result of Toikka's expertise in the properties of glass and his artistic imagination. The unique and colorful birds are all handmade by glass artisans and attract collectors around the world.