Timo Sarpaneva (Finnish, Helsinki 1926–2006 Helsinki)
Iittala Lasitehdas Oy
10 1/2 × 5 1/4 × 2 1/8 in. (26.7 × 13.3 × 5.4 cm)
Gift of Aarne Simonen, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Finland, 1956
Not on view
In 1950, Finland's best-known glass manufacturer, Iittala, hired Sarpaneva to design and exhibit works made by the firm. Over the next ten years, their designs won numerous prestigious awards, most notably those of the Milan Triennale. Trained as an industrial designer and not as a craftsman, Sarpaneva supplied Iittala's skilled workmen with artistic yet functional designs intended for multiple production. Through the cool, sculptural elegance of his designs and the high quality of their execution, Sarpaneva celebrates the purity and natural beauty of the material.
Aarne Simonen, New York (until 1956; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.
"La forma del vuoto: Cristalli di Timo Sarpaneva." Domus no. 280 (March 1953), ill. p. 49.
Oili Mäki, ed. Taide Ja Työ. Finnish Designers of Today. Helsinki, 1954, ill. p. 162.
Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. "The Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (Winter 1979–1980), pp. 44–45, ill.
Kaj Kalin. Sarpaneva. [Helsinki], 1986, pp. 56, 60–62, 64, ill. (color).
R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. pp. 200–201 (color), calls it "'Lancet' Vase" and dates it 1953.
Ulf Hård af Segerstad inTimo Sarpaneva: A Retrospective. Exh. cat., American Craft Museum, New York. Helsinki, 1994, p. 87, ill. p. 30 (color) (Iittala Glassworks, Finland collection).