Lights to make you smile

Published: 05 Feb 2021
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Oiva Toikka’s iconic mouth-blown glass Bird Collection for Iittala has been re-imagined as lights by Magis

The Italian brand worked in collaboration with Finnish company Iitala and the late Oiva Toikka to create the whimsical collection that’s made from rotational-moulded polycarbonate, the designs closely resembling the glass birds that are now considered collector’s items.

Called Linnut (the Finnish word for birds), the collection is made up of five cable-free, movable, and rechargeable sculptured lamps that are also dimmable.

Its creation came about by happy accident. ‘Looking into new materials for use in rotation moulding, we stumbled upon polycarbonate and quickly realised that hardly any manufacturers in Italy apply this combination – if any at all,’ explained Enrico Perin, head of development of Magis. ‘This is surprising, given just how remarkable – and brilliantly coloured – polycarbonate materials are.’

Continues Eugenio Perazza, founder of Magis. ‘With polycarbonate, you can create an effect very similar to the rich finish so typical of blown glass.’

Oiva Toikka (1931 – 2019) is considered one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. His imaginative, rich, bold glass art deviated from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design.