- Also known as
primary name: Sarpaneva, Timo
- individual; designer; Finnish; Male
- Life dates
- 31 October 1926-6 October 2006
- Designer. best known for his designs for table and ornamental glass, but also produced designs for a number of other industries, including metal cookware, wood, textiles and ceramics. Trained at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, he was employed by Iittala in 1951. He won his first Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1954, and subsequently designed the company logo for Iittala, together with his 'I-line' everyday glassware series which won him a second Grand Prix in 1957. The Finlandia series started in 1964; made in scorched wooden moulds, it was an important breakthrough in the Finnish rough glass style. Other glassware sets which he designed are Pisaranrengas (1963), Senattori (1968), Kekkerit (1970), Jurma (1978) and the Festivo candlestick (1966). The Archipelago series, which began in 1978, was made with a special dribbling technique, developed with the glassblowers at iittala, in which an even spread of bubbles and streaks are left in the solid and clear glass. He also taught at the Helsinki Industrial Arts Institute, becoming a professor there in 1976.
- Marianne Aav & Eeva Vihunen, eds., 'Iittala, 125 years of Finnish Glass', Stuttgart 2006.
'timo sarpaneva: a retrospective', New York 1994
Jonathan Woodham, 'Oxford Dictionary of Modern Design', New York 2006.
Gordon Campbell, 'The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts: Labhardt to Zwischengoldglas', New York 2006.