Iittala is a Finnish company that creates 'essential objects that are made to enrich people's everyday lives'. They are all about design that is functional, timeless and striking. A perfect match for the Everyday Objects series, yes?
When my husband-who-was-not-then-my-husband and I first moved in together we were really starting from scratch. I had enough mismatched, cheap and a little bit nasty stuff to get us going but that really wasn't going to cut it in the long term. But we got a massive head start when my lovely parents-in-law gifted us a stack of Iittala Teema dinnerware.
The gift meant (and still means) so much to me - it was a sign of acceptance, a welcoming. And the choice of Iitalla was so utterly perfect. In my design naivety I hadn't yet heard of Iittala but the pared back design, clean lines, bright colours and straight up usefulness really set my heart a flutter.
Teema was designed by Kaj Frank (another name I hadn't heard of then, but who is now a firm design favourite) in 1952 and is based around three basic shapes - circle, square and rectangle. It comes in a range of totally awesome mix and match colours. And it's built to last - we still have that original set of plates and even though we use them day in day out they still look fabulous.
*The keen eyed will know that those stripey little bowls are not part of the Teema collection. They're actually from Origo, designed by Alfredo Haberli in 1999.
Everyday Objects is all about celebrating the design in our day to day lives. Recognising those little things that bring a bit of happiness to our day through beautiful, thoughtful design or by reminding us of happy times gone by. See all the posts here.