sarpaneva cast iron pot
Design Timo Sarpaneva, 1960
Cast iron and wood
Made by Iittala
Professor Timo Sarpaneva's grandfather was a blacksmith and being around molten metal in his childhood inspired the designer to recreate a popular version of the ancient cast-iron pot.
A cult object of Finnish design. The Sarpaneva cast iron pot, sought after by collectors, is now back in production. An excellent example of the ability of Finnish design to combine practicality and beauty. This pot became such a favorite that it was featured on one of a collection of postage stamps celebrating the Finnish design élite.
The Sarpaneva pot is a combination of tradition, functionalism and polished aesthetics. It is a basic object for the home that you can lift from the stove straight to the table. Its distinguishing innovative feature is the detachable wooden handle you use to open the lid and lift the pot. The excellent qualities of the enameled cast-iron pot on the stove, in the oven and when serving, complete perhaps the most beautiful cast-iron pot in the world.
The Sarpaneva cast iron pot has won several design awards, including the silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennal.
Born in Helsinki, Timo Sarpaneva is one of the great personalities responsible for the world reputation of Finnish design since the 1950s. He is a master of materials as glass, porcelain, cast iron and textile as well as graphic art.
3 quarts | 8.5" L | 7" w | Black with white enamel interior