Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects made to enrich people's everyday lives. Iittala creates distinctive, multi-functional objects with lasting design that allows for individual use and expression.
In the early years of modernism and functionalism, during the 1930s and 40s, pioneers like Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck led the development of the Iittala brand. Their belief was that objects should always be designed with a thought, essential and above all, available to all. It was their thinking that set the foundation for the Iittala design philosophy — to push the boundaries and to give people beauty and function.
Iittala strives to create icons that will last a lifetime. What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people's everyday lives. More than just beautiful objects, Iittala creates timeless designs that will never be thrown away.
(1926 - 2006) Professor Timo Sarpaneva was one of Finland's most well-known industrial designers and artists, renowned for his textile and glass products. Versatile in his work as a designer and artist, he made use of ceramics, metal, textiles, wood and glass in his projects — though glass was certainly his favorite. The material immateriality of glass became a life-long obsession; glass as a form revealed by what it contains, glass as a fleeting substance between idea and reality.
"Glass is the finest of all materials, the way it can be worked, the way it achieves its form is unique among materials. It metamorphoses from a viscous mass to clear crystalline objects. It is capricious and difficult; it is a material which lives many lives."
Timo Sarpaneva was Doctor HC of the Royal College of Art in London and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and Academician HC of the University of Mexico. His work can be found in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.View other products by Timo Sarpaneva