My love affair with iittala.

We’ve been working hard on our place and this week I’ll show you my favorite space in our home and where I spend a lot of my time: my our office. But first I’d like to sing the the praises of some of my favorite smaller elements of it, starting with my Iittala Vitriini boxes. We have our share of whimsical pieces all over the house, but my favorite things in our home are those which make me ask myself: Do I love you more for your practicality or your beauty? Leave it to the Scandinavians to come up with the most divine, most practical little storage containers around:

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Finding Iittala was an accident of sorts- P was on a work trip to Sweden and wandered into an Iittala (which is, by the way, a Finnish design company) to buy me a present (he came out with a ceramic container we now use as a salt well) and when he got back to Berlin he insisted I check it out because he was sure I would love everything in it (this was obviously before we had the same bank account). Well we went, and I did. I love these boxes because they are beautiful and functional. I use them next to the bed  to store my rings when I’m sleeping, in the bathroom to store my rings when I’m showering, in my closet to store (you guessed it) jewelry, and in my office to store this and that. They come in two sizes (60x60mm and 108x108mm) and  so many beautiful colors. They are designed by Anu Penttinen.

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

The collection is a mix and match made of glass, oak and aluminum. Now I pick one up whenever I want a treat for myself or P gets me one when he is feeling like he is in the doghouse  thoughtful. He also got me two on our wedding day, because that’s how much good design excites me. Iittala also makes two sizes of oak trays if you want to corral a few boxes together.

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love.

Iittala stores/stockists (a South African word?) are plentiful in the Americas and Europe, they are even spread throughout Asia. If you live in Africa like me you are going to have to have a bit of patience and work for your Vitriinis for now: the only way to get them here is to have your next overseas visitors mule them in. Iittala are you listening??

(Side note: these  lovely little boxes also make great photography practice, I’ve found a sweet spot and now want to photograph everything in the morning light on our right night table)

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