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Arabia's beloved patterns celebrate each decade of Finland's hundred years of independence
Arabia is one of Finland's oldest brands and has been a part of Finnish life in both everyday life and celebrations. Arabia celebrates Finland’s centenary with a limited edition of ten different mugs. Patterns decorating the mugs are derived from each decade of Finland’s independence, and they tell the stories of their time. The mugs have a special centenary stamp on the base.
To honor Finland’s centenary Arabia created a special line of ten mugs. The Finland’s centenary mugs depict history of Finnish design, table setting and Finnish homes: each pattern reflects a decade from the hundred years of Finland’s independence.
The Arabia Finland’s centenary mugs have a special centenary bottom stamp: Independent Finland's centenary 2017. Each mug is 0,3 dl in size.
In the beginning of the 20th century, Arabia’s tableware was decorated with a wide range of simple ornaments and graceful designs influenced by Finnish national romanticism. The patterns were given masculine names such as Adolf, Arne, Henrik, Into, Isak, Jalo, Jonas, Kullervo, Oiva and Toivo. The patterns were hand engraved on copper printing plates, and Isak was one such pattern.
Greta-Lisa Jäderholm-Snellman 1926
Greta-Lisa Jäderholm-Snellman (1894–1973) worked as a ceramic artist for Arabia from 1921 to 1937. She is considered to be the creator of decorative painting at Arabia. Jäderholm-Snellman, who also lived in Paris for several years, provided Arabia's tableware with restrained, geometric patterns with echoes of 1920s classicism and art deco.
Olga Osol 1937
Myrna was created by artist Olga Osol (1905–1994). She named her tableware after Myrna Loy, an American movie- and superstar of the 1930s. Abundant, genuine gilding along the edge of the original set, combined with the name of a film star, brought a touch of luxury to Arabia's tableware selection. People fell in love with Myrna and it was produced right up until 2005.
"The unembellished beauty of Suomen Kukka (the Flower of Finland) reminds us of our country and the essence of Nordic people. In all its modesty, Suomen Kukka is beautiful and strong, but also delicate and well proportioned”, read the pattern’s introduction. Suomen Kukka graced dining and tea sets from 1941 to 1956 and again 1966 to 1968.
Raija Uosikkinen 1954
Arabia’s best known decorator, Raija Uosikkinen (1923–2004), was entrusted the task of designing patterns for Kaj Franck's tableware series in the early 1950s. One of her best known patterns was Hattara which received a gold medal in Sacramento, USA in 1961. Uosikkinen's broad palette of styles and comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and decorative methods provided her with the means to create a wide range of patterns that gave each object a distinctive appearance.
Esteri Tomula 1965
Esteri Tomula (1920–1998), a prolific and established pattern designer at Arabia, had a signature style of detailed abundance, which is epitomized by the Pastoraali series from the late 1960s. It contains human characters in among the flora. Then new silk printing technique enabled bright colors to be used, and rich blue was selected for the Pastoraali pattern.
Esteri Tomula 1973
Arabia's designs of beautiful everyday objects in the 60’s and 70’s included several beloved patterns by Esteri Tomula (1920–1998). In 1973 Tomula designed a pattern in honor of the centenary of Arabia's factory. The ornamental flower covering the cups and plates in blue or brown was named Esteri. It was produced in 1973.
Howard Smith 1987
The American visual artist and designer Howard Smith (b. 1928) moved to Finland in 1962 and worked at Arabia as a visiting artist for several years. The characteristic features of Smith's art are bright colors and clear forms, particularly those combining black and white. The pattern of Timbua drew inspiration from ancient hieroglyphics.
Heikki Orvola 1992
Heikki Orvola (b. 1943) has been working in Arabia's art department since 1987. Orvola was given the task of designing different patterns with music being the unifying factor: Blues, Ballad and Bebop. Bebop, a disruptive form of jazz, inspired the 1992 Bebop coffee and tea set. It was decorated in gold throughout and represented both luxury and the 1990s style.
Heini Riitahuhta 2017
Heini Riitahuhta (b. 1975) joined the Arabia Art Department Society in 2003. Huvila is a floral theme in Riitahuhta’s distinctive, illustrative style. It is an elegant, refined pattern that reflects the style of the 1920s whilst the freehand drawing technique lends it a modern touch, bringing it to 2017, Finland’s centenary year.
Parts and colors
Arabia uses vitro porcelain, which is a modern, durable porcelain with a slightly off-white shade. All Arabia vitro porcelain ware is oven safe except Paratiisi serving platter 36 cm and Paratiisi bowl 23 cm. Arabia Uunikokki series has been especially designed to oven use. When using Arabia ware in oven, please do not take a dish straight from the oven and put it into a cold, wet surface or put it on steel. Do not either put a dish straight into a hot oven from the freezer.
When in the oven, the bottom of the dish must be completely covered with liquid or food throughout the heating process. It can stand 250 celsius degrees and must be at least 10 cm away from the grill elements. Cool before placing in freezer, do not put in a hot oven directly from the freezer.
All Arabia utility wares except dishes with gold or platinum decoration or metal parts are microwave safe.
All Arabia utility ware can be used in ovens and freezers. Do not take a dish straight from the oven and put it into a cold, wet surface or put it on steel. Do not put a dish straight into a hot oven from a freezer.
All Arabia products are dishwasher safe except dishes decorated with gold or platinum. Use a rinsing agent in the dishwasher to improve the results. Very dirty dishes can be soaked in hot water with detergent containing bleach. Cutlery made of soft steel, especially knives, may leave streaks of metal on a hard glazed surface that cannot be removed in a normal wash. (These can be removed by rubbing gently with metal polish.) Check the quality of cutlery when you buy it. To protect the glazing, avoid heavy rubbing when, for example, stacking plates.