Iittala Toikka

Famous designs - Iittala Kastehelmi

The Kastehelmi range of glassware (Kastehelmi translated from Finnish is “dew pearl”) is one of the most well know glassware from
Iittala
in Finland. The decoration of these glassware looks like there would be small, different sized pearls rhythmically receding from the center.

The designer of Kastehelmi is Oiva Toikka, very well know Finnish glass artist. The actual story of the design process is more practical than the fragile name and outlook gives to understand. The idea of using droplets of glass as decoration came to Toikka from the technical challenge: he was thinking of the ways of covering the joint marks left on the surface of pressed glass pieces by the production process. For the designer’s sake it must be said, that the manufacturing method would have needed only one pearl, but it was by aesthetic reasons the designer added full load of pearls to the mold.

This design was one of the first works Oiva Toikka did for the famous Nuutajärvi glass factory. Kastehelmi series was announced in 1964, and it was instantly a huge success. The series was in production constantly until 1988, but in 2010, Iittala started the Kastehelmi production again, bringing the most popular pieces again on the market.

Kastehelmi series includes plates, bowls, small mugs and coasters; plates in five different size and bowls in three. Additional to the transparent glass Kastehelmi has been made in grey, red, brown, turquoise, olive green and emerald. New colors introduced in 2010 are light blue and apple green.

During its production years Kastehelmi become so popular, that copies of it were introduced by other manufacturers. One factory in England developed the copy of Kastehelmi and tried to get a monopoly for selling this product in England. It was discover that their model was an exact match of the original Kastehelmi. There was a mistake in the original plate - two of the pearls were connected to each other – and the same was in the English copy. The English manufacturer was accused of the plagiarism and they had to withdraw their products from market.

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Iittala Oiva Toikka Vintage Design Clear Flora Big Dessert Bowls 4 Finland NIB
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Oiva Toikka iittala Collectible Glass Bird Variksenpoika Baby Crow
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Iittala Oiva Toikka Ruddy Duck Glass Bird
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Iittala OIVA TOIKKA Art Glass Bird Spotted Crake New
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Arabia Finland Flora Finn Crystal Tall Vase Large 8 x 45 iittala Glass Toikka
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155 Nuutajarvi Flora IIttala Glass Arabia Platter Plate Oiva Toikka Fauna
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Oiva Toikka Apple fruit art glass design Iittala Nuutajrvi Pro Arte Finland
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Oiva Toikka bird Kirjatiira 2011 SSKK Iittala glass design Birds by Toikka
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Birds by Toikka Little Tern Red Cranberry Tirri Karpalo Iittala
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Ittala Birds by Oiva Toikka Rush Curlew
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Vintage Finland Art Glass Iittala Nuutajrvi Oiva Toikka Bird Ruby Green 8 MCM
Vintage Finland Art Glass Iittala Nuutajrvi Oiva Toikka Bird Ruby Green 8 MCM
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Oiva Toikka glass vase Top hat style design bright yellow signed
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TWO iittala Kastehelmi Oiva Toikka 1964 Kynttilalyhty Votive EMERALD GREEN
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Oiva Toikka Nuutajrvi Iittala Aamulehti bird limited edition
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Oiva Toikka Annual Art Bird Wildwood Cuckoo 2003 Iittala Finland Signed
Oiva Toikka Annual Art Bird Wildwood Cuckoo 2003 Iittala Finland Signed
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Oiva Toikka Great Horned Owl Uhuu Huge Mouth Blow Art Bird Iittala Finland
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Oiva Toikka Annual Art Bird Turkey Fowl 2005 Iittala Nuutajarvi Finland
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Iittala OIVA TOIKKA Kastehelmi Vintage Clear Creamer Sugerer Excellent
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Oiva Toikka Vintage Art Bird Labbe Iittala Nuutajrvi Finland Signed And Number
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3 Iittala Kastehelmi Glass Fruit Berry Bowls Oiva Toikka Art Glass Finland
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Iittala Kastehelmi Glass Serving Bowl Oiva Toikka Art Glass Finland
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Oiva Toikka Special Art Bird Burlush Curlew Taivaanvuohi iittala Finland
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iittala Birds by Oiva Toikka Little Tern Cranberries Dark red Bird Nordic Glass
iittala Birds by Oiva Toikka Little Tern Cranberries Dark red Bird Nordic Glass
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Finland Iittala Toikka SINIKKI 2002 special glassbird signed VANTAA + box
Finland Iittala Toikka SINIKKI 2002 special glassbird signed VANTAA + box
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Nuutajarvi Iittala Arabia OIVA TOIKKA Vintage Fauna and Safari Bowl 725
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Nuutajarvi Iittala Arabia OIVA TOIKKA Vintage Fauna and Safari Pitcher 5 1 8
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Birds by Toikka Mother and Baby Iittala 2 Birds
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Iittala Kastehelmi Toikka Footed Bowl in Rain
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Oiva Toikka Iittala Ruby Bird Signed Mint In Box With Label Tag Booklet Finland
Oiva Toikka Iittala Ruby Bird Signed Mint In Box With Label Tag Booklet Finland
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Iittala FLORA Nuutajarvi Notsjo OIVA TOIKKA 75 Bowl Great Condition NR
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Iittala Nuutajarvi Arabia Vintage Olive Green Cup Kastehelmi Oiva Toikka Finland
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Oiva Toikka Nuutajrvi Iittala BULLFINCH Bird Made in Finland
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Iittala Nuutajrvi Oiva Toikka 1 to 9 Vintage Clear Fauna tumbler Finland
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PER LUTKIN Oiva Toikka mcm blue vtg Iittala danish modern table art glass
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Iittala Nuutajrvi Oiva Toikka 1 to 10 Vintage clear Fauna punchmug
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Oiva Toikka Vintage Big Art Bird Guillemot 1994 Iittala Nuutajarvi Finland RARE
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Oiva Toikka Vintage Clear Peony Dinner Crystal Plates Iittala Nuutajarvi Finland
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