PAJAZZO series, Nanny Still (Riihimäki Lasi Oy, 1970)


The PAJAZZO range (ref. 1301) was designed by NS in 1970. they were made in three colour combinations (yellow/red, yellow/green and yellow/blue) and three sizes (this wide one with 4 balls, standing 15 cm. tall, the one stading 26 cm. tall with 8 balls -4 at the top, 4 at the bottom- and another one standing just 21 cm. tall, also with 8 balls, all of them at the bottom of the vase… my dream would be getting this one in blue). I know there’s people who tries to collect the 9 possible combinations. Lucky those who can get them! The blue one is prety rare.

When I first saw this one I fell in love with it even if it didn’t fit at all with the glass line I was collecting at the time (simple and organic shapes, massive glass…) I guess that what’s great about these vases is this air of crazyness they have about them… there’s a mix of colours, an amazing texture and a funny shape with… titties? they’re not the KARTIO like stuff or the simplicity of Per Lütken’s organic shapes, they’re not utilitarian design like jugs or candleholders…. they are vases -and prety ornated ones… But they happen to be happy things and, if you let me be a little bit corny, sort of a “celebration of design”. Plus, they are fantastic stuff to hold in your hands, and that’s something not to be missed!

The word PAJAZZO means nothing in Finnish (not that I know) but it can be a phonetic trancripcion into Finnish of the Italian word PAGLIACCIO, clown. Also it reminds a lot like the same word in Spanish PAYASO, so with all those colours and textures i think she intended to make a clown… so maybe the balls on their walls might be the big nose and huge shoes of a clown. Some see in these vases the shapes of women but, as pointed out by vetraio50 from CW, they are clown noses, and according to La Commedia dell Arte, noses are variations of the theme of a “head with a member”…  so after all, they would be male genitalia.

26,2 x 13 cm. Signed: RIIHIMÄKI LASI. NANNY STILL.

15 x 17,2 cm. Signed: RIIHIMÄKI LASI. NANNY STILL.


STAR set of decanter and glasses, Tamara Aladin (Riihimáki lasi, 1963)


This decanter belongs to the STAR series that Tamara Aladin designed in 1963. It is very special with its red ball stopper and also because of the tiny bubbles texture, but this was just the cause why this series was produced for a very short period of time: mixing glass and soda to create bubbles proved difficult to produce, as the bubbles made by the soda in the glass varied too much in size and the different pieces wouldn’t be of even quality. Thus, blowing all the different pieces and then having to chose the good ones and destroy those that wouldn’t fullfill the quality standards proved too expensive for production.

The STAR series consists of two decaters (1702 and 1703), three jugs (1110, 1111 and 1112)), one jar (1284) with two different lids (1284 and 1285), three plates (1282 and 1286), four bowls (1283) and drinking glasses (1014). They were produced between 1963 and 1965.

ref. 1703. 28 x 7 cm.

ref. 1014. 6,4 x 5,2 cm.