iittala Aalto vases

The celebrated Aalto vases and bowls from Finnish brand iittala are now offered in so many colors and sizes, with new colors available all the time, that whatever the flower you want to showcase this spring, there is an Aalto vase to fit.

Unveiled in 1937 at the Paris World's Fair, the design has gained international renown, creator Alvar Aalto's name synonymous with Finnish glassware and design. The origins of the shape are murky, speculated to be based on some of Aalto's life sketches or possibly inspired by the fluid lines of the Finnish landscape.  

We love to arrange several complementary sizes and colors as a centerpiece, leaving them empty as a small oasis of serenity and harmony.  They are wonderful vases as well. The width and height of the style you choose will determine the flowers you are inspired to showcase, and the irregular angles create a wonderfully organic, often dramatic bouquet. I especially like the tall, narrow 10" vase for elongated, single flower displays, and the wide 7.75" vase for large, mixed bouquets. These make wonderful gifts!

Last week the daffodils looked too good to pass up. What flowers are you looking to showcase this spring?


Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.