Introducing some of the most popular series on Astialiisa Online. In each of these collections you can find information about the decorations and designs, production history and useful tips on how to use and take care of these items at home. We will be adding more collections later on. Click on the pictures or collection names to open the collections.
Ruska was in many ways a groundbreaking design from Ulla Procopé in the 1960’s. It’s oven-to-table capability, durability in daily use, and it’s rustic and earthy look define this extremely popular series.
Ruska’s rugged surface, similar to Japanese Raku pottery, was created with an unusual decorating method: powdered iron was applied to a matte glazing, giving each piece a slightly unique artisanal and smoky look. Scroll down to read more.
Paratiisi designed by Birger Kaipiainen, has won hearts for over 50 years, with its rich and imaginative violet and fruit decorations. The showy blue-and-yellow and black-and-white versions are familiar eye-catchers in Finnish everyday and festive table settings.
The artistic design of the internationally-known Paratiisi series is guaranteed to bring a sense of the special to any coffee table. Scroll down to read more.
Lush flower and plant decorations are the central motif of the delicate Flora series. Flora brings a certain freshness and lightness to the table setting. It’s perfect for dessert dishes, salad bowls, and drinking glasses.
The designer Oiva Toikka also made a sister series for Flora in 1970, called Fauna, featuring animals motifs. Scroll down to read more.
The gorgeous cobalt blue hand-painted patterns make Valencia one of Arabia’s most highly prized series. The calligraphy-style spontaneous brush strokes demanded by Ulla Procopé required great artistic sensitivity from the painters.
Valencia is highly desired for its artful and distinctly hand-crafted look, as well as for the shimmer of the colour, which varies from item to item. Scroll down to read more.
The Meri (the sea) series is worthy of its name. Inside the beautiful varying tones of the blue-green glazing are little black dots, as if tiny creatures of the sea.
The blue colour is finished off with a brown stripe like a distant shore line, which creates a peaceful and down to earth atmosphere - maybe we are not in the open sea, but in the archipelago. Scroll down to read more.
One of the most-known dishware series in Finland is Kaj Franck’s Kilta. It was designed in the late 1940’s and later redesigned as Teema. The main principles in its design were practicality, versatility, affordability and minimal form.
Colourful glazing was all that was needed as decoration, which in the end became a specialty of Arabia. The series was a classic already at birth - known as Finland’s most popular series. Scroll down to read more.
The Anemone (blue) and Rosmarin (brown) series features hand-painted flowers and stripes and it is made from dishwasher safe and durable S-model stoneware. The spontaneous style of decoration is characteristic of Ulla Procopé, with its hand-crafted look.
Several dishware sets were created for Anemone & Rosmarin including a tea service, coffee service, and dinnerware service. The parts in the Anemone & Rosmarin series are hand-painted, and so each item differs a bit from one to the other. Scroll down to read more.
Kirsikka is the sweetheart of all Arabia series. The bright red cherries and fresh green leaves of the Kirsikka tableware and coffee cups make it a super cute, cheerful, and very sought-after series for both collecting and table setting.
Inkeri Leivo’s Kirsikka decoration was born to be collected and continues to one of our most loved series. Scroll down to read more.
The most collected series from the 40-year-career of Esteri Tomula has turned out to be Krokus, which was in production for only two years in the late 1970s. After a long and cold winter in Finland, the crocus flowers bring the spring into our homes.
The freshness of green and blue, and the crisp outlines on pure white dishes remind us of the last snows changing into the first flowers of springtime. Scroll down to read more.
Kastehelmi crystallises the essence of a summer morning, dew glistening in the sunlight and ripples across the lake surface. It’s design is a perfect balance of functionality and beauty.
This series is young, fun, and playful; especially if you let your creativity run free and combine different colours. It is among Oiva Toikka’s most popular series of home glassware, and has already delighted two generations of Finnish homemakers. Scroll down to read more.
Karelia is a great example of the Finnish style of well-defined decoration and simple forms of everyday ceramics. Durability and usability were key concerns for Anja Jaatinen-Winquist in her ceramic designs.
The simple hand-painted brown stripe decoration is refreshed by the unique color variations that occur as the glazing colour melts in the kiln. Scroll down to read more.