Designer and sculptor Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) was an internationally known force in Finnish design. It was written that this master of many materials had "a rare ability to be mesmerized and to worship beauty". His rise towards the top of the design world began in the 1950s.
Sarpaneva's works are exhibited in homes and museums around the world. His designs extend from utility glassware and art glass to textiles and graphics. Sarpaneva has had an important role at Iittala. He designed the "i" logo, which serves as the symbol of the company. Iittala's selection also includes a cast iron pot designed by Sarpaneva already in the 1960s, which has become an internationally recognised design icon.