Tuesday, 7 October 2014

IITTALA TAIKA - TIMELESS TABLEWARE WITH A MODERN TWIST

As you may already know, I am a massive fan of Finnish design brand Iittala and I have been collecting their tableware for over 10 years now. In the last few years, one of their more recent collections really caught my eye. It is the Iittala Taika Collection.

Taika means 'Magic' in English and I do find this range magical! Taika tableware, designed by Klaus Haapaniemi, are contemporary looking and enchanting at the same time. They come in multiple colour combinations but I have opted for the black and white one (surprise surprise!). Especially the red and blue ones are striking and real statement pieces for the dinner table.


At the moment, our collection consists of dinner plates (30 cm), dessert plates (22 cm), bowls (26 cm), white coffee cups, coffee plates, mugs and most recently their deep plates (22 cm) which are great for serving pasta. Since Taika collection was introduced in 2007, it seems to have really taken off and the fact that Iittala keep adding new lines to the collection speaks volumes.
 

Placemats: Chilewich Basketweave









Taika dinnerware are especially great for entertaining! They are everyday pieces but if we are having a dinner party it is pretty much for certain they will be used. I mix and match them with Iittala's Teema plates which are black and they really complement each other.

Runner: Chilewich Metallic Lace
Plates: Iittala Taika & Teema
Flutes: Waterford Crystal

I recently discovered that Taika collection is now available in textiles (cushion covers, tea towels and throws) so I also bought the tea towels for our kitchen. They are perfect as they match our tableware but also because they are colourful and a bit quirky. They bring a bit of fun to our contemporary and safe colour scheme. I do wonder if the colours will fade with time but so far so good...




I have been so impressed with Taika series that I constantly keep adding new items to our collection.
Initially, I was contemplating getting Villeroy and Boch NewWave dinnerware but  I found the plates very heavy and not the most practical due to their shape. I am glad that I chose Taika in the end as they are so beautiful to look at and versatile. I also know that Iittala quality will stand the test of time which is as important to me as the beautiful aesthetics of this collection.

For more information visit Iittala Official Website.
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