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Finlandia vodka bottle design
« on: August 06, 2012, 06:26:06 PM »
Then there's Timo Sarpaneva's classic, the Finlandia gin bottle

Gin, Sue, or vodka? I ask as Finlandia vodka has a lovely smooth but patterned shape... in fact there's one in the bottom of my fridge at the moment! 8)

I didn't realise that it was a Timo Sarpaneva design though... cool!

Edited to add, I went looking for a date for the Finlandia bottle design, and find it's by Tapio Wirkkala instead...  those Finns are mighty confusing... I always mix them up too Sue.  :-*

On another forum someone said, "Finlandia Vodka was first sold in 1970. The famous bottle was designed by Tapio Wirkkala and was produced from 1970 to 2000, when a new and to me not so good looking bottle was introduced. Maybe the original was too expensive to make." So it seems mine must be a later bottle, as I can't have had it since before the Millennium!  ;D

But then again, this is like mine:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0f/Finnischer_vodka.jpg/576px-Finnischer_vodka.jpg

Because it was bugging me and it's made of glass, I went searching and found the history of the Finlandia bottle designs here: http://finlandiapr.bfexternal.com/finlandia-fact-sheet from where I deduce mine is the Hammered Ice design introduced in 1998.

Probably no-one else is that interested, but I've split this off for future reference, just in case anyone else asks in the future.  8)

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Re: Finlandia vodka bottle design
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2012, 07:30:10 AM »
That's not the design to which I was referring, Anne.  ???
You may well be right about it being vodka, not gin, but the bottle I'm thinking of was made using wooden moulds, which burned.....
I found these images - but I'm still not sure they're the one I was thinking of - I'm sure it had an almost carved-out-of-ice sort of surface, with lots of rough rectangular sort of blocks as the texture. I may just be imagining things.

http://www.amazon.com/Finlandia-Vodka-Bottle-Martini-Finnish/dp/B0040AK6F0

http://neulekirppu.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/ryyppyperformanssi/
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Re: Finlandia vodka bottle design
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012, 02:32:16 PM »
OOh I love Sue's one!  Fabulous design.
mm, I feel a whole new collecting bug.
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Re: Finlandia vodka bottle design
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 02:36:41 PM »
This thread has simply left me with a huge urge to go and buy a bottle of Bols gin - the type in the big brown pottery bottle, with bits of brown stuff floating in it - but it was truly delicious gin.
I shall resist the urge, naturally.
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Re: Finlandia vodka bottle design
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 03:59:55 PM »
On this page you see the original TW designs ("the one and only" real and original Finlandia Vodka bottles for me :) )
http://rebeccalibermann.wordpress.com/tag/iittala/

For a collector there would be a couple of other designs to go with them.
A small shot glass with a similar surface was packed on top of the bottle for a while in the 70's,
and then of course a miniature bottle you would get from flights.

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Re: Finlandia vodka bottle design
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2012, 06:41:54 PM »
Sue, you're right, that was the Wirkkala one, as px has shown in the later links, it's very much like the Ultima Thule pattern?  I love the Wirkkala original but have never found one (yet!)

 

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