Designer and artist Matti Klenell (b.1972) celebrates his ten year anniversary with Iittala this year. To highlight the long and successful collaboration, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre has dedicated an exhibition to Klenell’s work, opening in November 2019.
The theme of the exhibition is dialogue. In the exhibition, dialogue is seen in many forms: between the designer and his sources of inspiration as well as designer and the company resulting in a balanced act between innovation and heritage.
Much like craftsmen during the dawn of industrialism, Klenell aims for the richest artistic expression within the production process by giving his designs character and personality. Known worldwide for his distinctive glass art and designs for companies like Iittala, Moooi and Källemo, Klenell’s multi-faceted approach to design allows him to work within many platforms from product design to interior architecture.
Klenell has designed several collections for Iittala:
Birds by Klenell (2010), Lempi glasses (2012),
Nappula candleholders & votives (2012), Virva lamp (2019), and Nappula pots (2020).
His playful and simple forms are loved by many.
The retrospective exhibition is showcasing various Klenell’s designs for Iittala and the link between his works and Iittala’s history: