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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Design 1900 to Now, Room 74


Place Of Origin

Jug, press-moulded with handle applied in molten state.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Jug, pale green, clear glass, flared with horizontal ribbing. Finland, designed by Aino Aalto, for Karhula glassworks, 1932-1955
Physical Description
Jug, press-moulded with handle applied in molten state.
  • Height: 16.7cm
  • Depth: 21.5cm
Gallery Label
  • Everyday glassware for the modern home Inspired by ripples on the surface of water, Aino Aalto designed these pieces as a competition entry for affordable glassware. Her thick, stepped glass design is both durable and ingenious. Intended to be produced in volume by pressing molten glass into custom-built moulds, the concentric rings hid imperfections in the inexpensive glass used at the time. Aalto’s design dates from the 1930s but these products are still produced today by Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala. Glass jug, plate and beaker Bölgeblick, 1932–36 (manufactured 1932–55) Designed by Aino Aalto Manufactured by Karhula Glassworks for Karhula Iittala, Finland Press-moulded glass Given by Peter Sederholm Museum nos. C.228 to B-1987 The object sits in the 'Automation and Labour' section of the Design 1900-Now gallery opened in June 2021. (2021)
  • The Bölgeblick range (the name is untranslatable) was awarded second prize in the pressed glass entries to the 1932 competition at the Karhula glassworks. It was awarded a gold medal at the Triennale, Milanm 1936
Credit line
Given by Peter Sederholm
Historical context
The complete range consisted of tumbler, pitcher, sugar bowl, creamer, with plates and bowls of various sizes, and possibly a vase. It was slightly modified for the Milan Triennale in 1936. It was in production until the mid-1950s and part of the range was re-issued in about 1986.
Bibliographic Reference
Opie,J: Scandinavia; ceramics & glass in the 20thC
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record createdJanuary 22, 1999
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