Iittalas Neo cookware
In addition to homeware, Iittala also offers superior design for food
preparation. Iittalas new range of pots, Neo, has been designed
by one of the foremost design and architectural offices in Scandinavia,
Claesson Koivisto Rune. As a result, the new Neo is exceptionally
distinguished, ergonomic and of lasting Iittala quality.
IIttalas cookware selection includes some significant milestones
from previous years, too. The Timo Sarpaneva cast-iron pot, a wellknown
design icon the world over, dates from 1960 and is still in production.
In 1998, Iittala launched the Tools range, designed by the renowned
Swedish designer Björn Dahlström. Tools has gradually become
a classic of its time and a must for thousands of passionate
architecture and design
Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish trio with a great international
reputation and an extensive bibliography of remarkable projects. Unlike
others in the field, they combine high profile design and architectural
commissions. Each project, whether it is small mirrors or cutting
boards for Boffi (Mercury and Angle) or a
large Culture House (Sfera Building) in Kyoto, Japan,
is imbued with their distinctive and individualistic design philosophy
once called Emotional Functionalism, Emotional Modernism
in an article on Claesson Koivisto Rune by Nam Soo Hyoun and Thomas
Hoppe (Architecture and Culture, 9/2002).
Project NEO with Iittala
Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune tell us how they
enjoyed co-operating with Iittala in the Neo project, although it
had its challenges. - - We knew that Iittala is the worlds
finest manufacturer of well-designed pots, pans, cutlery, plates,
glasses anything for your kitchen. Famous modernist designers
such as Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto and Timo Sarpaneva are still in Iittalas
collection all strong icons of Scandinavian design, says
- We were well aware of Iittalas prominent position in
the markets and knew, of course, that the very best was expected in
terms of design. We found that any new product at Iittala is planned,
evaluated and tested rigorously to a degree unparallelled by any other
manufacturer that we had met so far. In the Neo project, not a stone
was left unturned when it came to function, ergonomics or design,
continues Eero Koivisto.
Human touch in cooking
Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed both private homes and kitchen
interiors, like Ingegerd Råmans home and studio in Sweden.
They have their own particular views on todays kitchen design:
- Cooking can be a precise exercise. Current kitchen design
and the materials used in kitchens often resemble laboratories. But
its people who do the cooking, and food is not boring or scientific.
Its organic. Its human.
- So we made it our mission to combine these two opposites.
Our working name for this project became organic precision exercise,
says Ola Rune.
The Neo pots have a unique ergonomic feature that also became the
aesthetic feature. They have open handles that turn down
with a slight outward angle. Handling an empty pot is never a problem.
But a pot filled with boiling water is something else. With the new
type of handle it is easy to use both hands to control lifting, carrying
- These handles are better suited to the natural position of
your hands. And it has all been thoroughly researched and tested with
prototypes needless to say, Koivisto explains with a
- The outsides of the handles are flat and straight to match
the geometry of the pot. But the inside of the handle is rounded to
sit softly in the hand.
Different materials call for different dimensions. Each object has
its own particular purpose.