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Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

Finnish, 1926-2006

Celebrated glassmaker Timo Sarpaneva was a pioneer of Finnish postwar design. He led the formation of the utilitarian and artistic side of mid-century modern style. Sarpaneva’s glass vases, serveware and table lamps have a sculptural yet functional quality, making them adaptable for both decorative and utilitarian use.

Sarpaneva was born in 1926 in Helsinki and spent his childhood visiting his grandparents in the countryside. There, he was influenced by a barter economy where everything was made by hand and traded for services and wares.

In 1948, Sarpaneva graduated from the Institute for Industrial Arts in Helsinki (now the University of Art and Design Helsinki). He participated in the 1951 Triennale di Milano, submitting an embroidered coffee cozy that confused but delighted the judges and garnered a silver medal.

Around this time, Sarpaneva began experimenting with glassblowing. He transformed the traditional wet-stick method by creating a bubble within the molten glass, allowing him to work from the inside out. In 1954, he returned to the Triennale di Milano and won his first Grand Prize.

In the 1950s, Sarpaneva was hired at the glassware company Iittala, where he became a leading glass designer. Sarpaneva even designed the company logo, which is still used today. He worked for the company for over four decades until his death in 2006 at 79. 

Sarpaneva’s illustrious career earned international recognition. His honors included being named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1963. He received honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Art in London in 1967 and the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1993.

In 2018, the Helsinki Design Museum exhibited a retrospective of “the golden boy of Finland’s Golden Age of design”.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Timo Sarpaneva decorative objects, serveware, lighting and more.

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Creator: Timo Sarpaneva
Glass and brass table lamp 'Arkipelago' by Timo Sarpaneva
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
Stunning and very unique table lamp model 'Arkipelago' by Finnish glass designer and sculptor Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) Solid mold-blown glass base with bubbles and brass elements. ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Brass

Glass and brass table lamp 'Arkipelago' by Timo Sarpaneva
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
Stunning and very unique table lamp model 'Arkipelago' by Finnish glass designer and sculptor Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) Solid mold-blown glass base with bubbles and brass elements. ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Brass

1970s Stacking Bowls Table Lamp by Timo Sarpaneva for Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Toronto, CA
This unique table light from 1970s Germany features a surprising twist: Separate the 3 glass pieces to create a light and 2 bowls. Or stack and modulate in any number of ways to crea...
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1970s German Post-Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, Table Lamp, Glass, Finland, 1969
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in High Point, NC
A rare glass table lamp designed by Timo Sarpaneva and produced by Ittala for Lilux, Finland, 1969. Dimensions of Lamp (inches): 11” H x 6.5” Diameter Dimensions of Shade (inches): ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, Table Lamp, Glass, Finland, 1969
By Timo Sarpaneva, Iittala
Located in High Point, NC
A rare glass table lamp designed by Timo Sarpaneva and produced by Ittala for Lilux, Finland, 1969. Dimensions of Lamp (inches): 15.25” H x 4.75” Diameter Dimensions of Shade (inche...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Lamps Clear Glass, Finland 1980
By Luxus of Sweden, Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Bronx, NY
Pair of Timo Sarpaneva lamps clear glass with a bark of a tree texture, for Finnish Iittala retailed by Luxus Sweden, designed in the 1960s, clear glass that h...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Art Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, a Pair of Table Lamps, Glass, 1960s-1970s
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of table lamps designed by Timo Sarpaneva, 1960s-1970s, signed TS.  
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Table Lamps

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Glass

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Timo Sarpaneva table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Timo Sarpaneva table lamps are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. Many of the original table lamps by Timo Sarpaneva were created in the mid-century modern style in finland during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider table lamps by Yki Nummi, Arabia, and Idman Oy. Prices for Timo Sarpaneva table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,400 and can go as high as $3,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,841.

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