Iittala's glass factory was founded in 1881 in the small village of Iittala, some 120 kilometres from Helsinki. The glass factory is still running and it produces e.g. Alvar Aalto's Savoy vases designed in 1936. Alongside this vase, Iittala's most iconic designs include the Birds designed by Oiva Toikka in 1962, and Tapio Wirkkala's Ultima Thule glasses, originally designed for air carrier Finnair's first class tableware in 1968. Iittala's designers today include Ilkka Suppanen, and the French design stars Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Iittala renewed their global flagship store on Esplanadi in August 2016, at one of the city's most prestigious addresses. The new store measures 217 square metres and showcases the whole Iittala product line, glass art objects, as well as more singular items. Some glass art carried by the store includes the Vulpes foxes by Klaus Haapaniemi, Oiva Toikka's Lollipop, Lintu (Bird), and Vuosikuutio (Annual cube) sculptures, Timo Sarpaneva's Claritas and Tapio Wirkkala's Kantarelli (Chanterelle). The store also features special large-size editions of Aalto's Savoy vase.