The Aalto Vase, also known as the Savoy Vase, was created by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto.
It became known as the Savoy Vase as it was part of a range of custom furnishings and fixtures created by the couple for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki that opened in 1937.
The vase was designed as an entry for a design competition for the Karhula-Iittala glassworks factory in 1936.
It’s design was inspired by the dress of a Sami woman, called Eskimåkvinnans skinnbyxa
(the Eskimo woman's leather breech).
Aalto created initial prototypes by blowing glass in the middle of a composition of wooden sticks stuck into the ground,
letting the molten glass swell on only some sides and creating a wavy outline.
The vase was later manufactured by using a wooden mold that slowly burned away in the process.
It became an internationally known iconic piece of Finnish design.