Designer Timo Sarpaneva designed the beautiful Tsaika glasses in 1957. He was inspired to create the Tsaikka glassware after a visit to a zipper factory: the wasted material used in zipper manufacturing results in metal plates with small holes reminiscent of decorative lace. Sarpaneva used these leftover discs in his first Tsaikka glass holder. This elegant glass is perfect for sipping tea or mulled wine, as the holder prevents the drink from feeling hot in the hand. Timo Sarpaneva's work, including the Tsaikka glasses, is celebrated for its innovative approach to materials and form. His designs often bridge the gap between art and practical household objects, making everyday items aesthetically pleasing yet functional.

Iittala Designer Timo Sarpaneva


Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) was an international force in Finnish design. A designer, sculptor and educator, Sarpaneva’s pioneering glass work merged art with utilitarian design. Besides glass, he also worked with textiles, wood, porcelain and metal. Sarpaneva’s unique industrial design that helped to pioneer Finland’s global design reputation. Sarpaneva’s works are exhibited internationally. He has received much recognition throughout his illustrious career including the Lunning Prize and was twice awarded at the Milan Triennale. In 1976, Sarpaneva received the honorary title of Professor from the Finnish government.

Throughout his long collaboration with Iittala, Sarpaneva was responsible for creating key hallmarks of the company’s style. He designed the “i” logo which serves as the symbol of the company. In addition, Iittala’s Sarpaneva, a cast-iron pot, is a timeless classic that has been recognized as an international design icon.