The classic Kastehelmi range by Oiva Toikka has become one of the most popular ranges in the Iittala collection. The Finish company has now added a newly designed jar and tumbler to the playful range of glass tableware.
Kastehelmi was originally designed in 1964 and was in production until 1988. Iittala brought back the most popular items in the collection in January 2010 to celebrate Oiva Toikka’s remarkable 50-year career with Iittala.
To add to the collection of plates, bowls, votives and a stemmed cake stand, all in various Iittala glass colours, the brand is adding a practical tumbler and a jar. The Kastehelmi tumbler brings colour and texture to the everyday table setting and is available in clear, grey, light blue and desert glass.
The new Kastehelmi jars are perfect for storing small things in all rooms of the house. It is as suitable for cotton pads in the bathroom as it is as a serving dish at the dinner table, aligned with Iittala philosophy of multi-functionality and versatility. The Kastehelmi jars are available in two heights and three colours: clear, grey and desert. The design of the lid also makes the jar nicely stackable.
Oiva Toikka himself has been designing the new items that complement the range. The versatile collection makes it is easy to mix and match the items in various colours or with other Iittala items.
I have always seen Kastehelmi as a versatile range. If you eventually get tired of using it as tableware, it works also as deco-ration for the home.
– Oiva Toikka
The name of the range, translated as ‘dewdrops’ came from the source of inspiration: the drops of dew that can be seen glistening on blades of grass. The inspiration led to the unique pattern design that has become so recognizable over the years. The subtle colours of the collection enhance the pattern creating a play of light and shadow that complements the dynamic design.
We experimented with the pattern and structure using the mould with a rotating drill, and the outcome was the very image of a pearl – or half a pearl. It was the most beautiful shape and natural design to develop further, the name was obvious for the de-sign.
– Oiva Toikka
*All images and information courtesy of Iittala.