Iittala’s Ruutu Vases Inducted Into Cooper Hewitt Collection

Iittala’s Ruutu vases have been added to the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum Permanent Collection, updating the museum’s holding of contemporary Scandinavian glass, the Fiskars Corporation brand announced.

Ruutu joins previously selected Iittala glassware by Tapio Wirkkala in this curated collection.

Ruutu is a series of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colors. Meaning diamond in Finnish, Ruutu is created from mouth-blown glass in Iittala’s Finland factory. Each vase takes seven craftsman 24 hours to produce. The large color version presents a big manufacturing challenge: reaching an even, delicate color requires the exact temperature, timing and expertise in glass-making chemistry, according to the company.

Located in New York City, the Cooper Hewitt is one of 19 museums that fall under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution. The Permanent Collection consists of more than 200,000 objects representing contemporary and historical design in four curatorial departments – Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Textiles; and Wallcoverings.