The Ultima Thule on-the-rocks glasses are part of Iittala’s iconic glassware range created in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala. The inspiration for the collectioncomes from the melting spring ice of Northern Finland. Ultima Thule is based on the so-called ice glass technique developed by Wirkkala and Iittala – the glass surfaces gradually change as the molten glass burns theinside of the wooden moulds, resulting in a fascinating texture that imitates nature.
In 1969, the Finnish airline Finnair chose Ultima Thule for its new route from Helsinki to New York, and the glassware is still in use at Finnair’s Business Class. Ultima Thule crystallizes the expressive power of Finnish glass design, and the distinctive classic contributed to Iittala’s international breakthrough. Ultima Thule has become one of Iittala’s most popular glassware ranges and it shows very well Wirkkala’s view according to which simple objects are the ones that require most work.