Oiva Toikka, Finnish glass designer, Died at 87

Oiva Kalervo Toikka was born on May 29, 1931, and died on April 22, 2019; he was a Finnish glass designer.

Born in Viipuri, Vyborg, Oiva was renowned for his designs for glassware for Iittala, the Finnish design company. Initially trained in ceramics, he took up glass design later in life.

Along with his glassware designs, Oiva was, best known after 1973 for his designs for the Iittala “Glass birds” series. Toikka’s designs are, produced at the glass factory at Nuutajärvi.

Oiva has also enjoyed success in many other creative outlets. He has worked as a stage and costume designer, generally working with Finnish director Lisbeth Landefort although, in recent years, Oiva has also been, associated with productions by the Finnish National Opera.

Through the years, Oiva has also offered textile designs to the Marimekko collections from time to time.

Jack Dawson, who has studied Oiva’s work tends to view it within the context of general trends in glass design as opposed to a strictly Nordic sensibility.

Oiva himself has sought to look beyond his era and has instead harkened back to an earlier aesthetic. When asked to define his work, he has said: “Baroque is exactly the right word to describe my work – after all, one of the word’s original meanings is ‘an irregular pearl.’”

Oiva Kalervo Toikka passed away at the age of 87.