Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg (1865-1952) was the first president of the Finnish republic (1919-25). His memorial was commissioned from Wäinö Aaltonen following an open competition arranged in 1955 which did not yield a result, and another competition in 1956, to which Olli Vaittinen, Viljo Savikurki, Armas Tirronen and Wäinö Aaltonen were invited. Ståhlberg's memorial was unveiled on September 22, 1959, seven years after his death.
Taika means 'magic' in Finnish, and Klaus Haapaniemi wants his illustrations to inspire your own imagination and storytelling. Combined with other essential design objects of the Iittala collection, Taika gives a magic touch to everyday life.