Designed by designer Timo Sarpaneva in 1967, the Festivo candleholder has become an international collector's favourite and is one of the most recognisable objects of Finnish design. The Festivo candleholder originated when Timo Sarpaneva designed a large wine glass to hold a whole bottle of wine attached to the base of the candle holder. The idea of making a candleholder from the foot of the glass was born, and thus, the prototype of a new classic was born. The surface imitating melting ice gives the candleholder a unique look. The candleholders have been in production since 1967 and are manufactured at the Iittala glass factory in Finland.

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.