Professor Oiva Toikka is one of the great names of Finnish design. The Iittala Birds originated in 1972 with Toikka’s small Flycatchers. Today the collection grows with collectors all over the world who enjoy these art objects as simple reminders of poetry in everyday life. These lyrical creatures are a feat of craftsmanship – each bird is as diverse and individual as those who collect them. Oiva Toikka’s imaginative, rich and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. He has worked in the performing arts for as long as he has in glass. The Birds collection is Toikka’s best-known work. He has enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards, among them the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal, World Glass Now 85 Award, Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal. Toikka’s visions are still brought to life by craftsmen at the Nuutajärvi factory in Finland, where the Iittala glass workshops have always been located. Each bird is signed “O. Toikka Nuutajärvi” as a proof of authenticity. See all Annual Birds design by Oiva Toikka. Size: 180 x 275 mm.