Timo Sarpaneva - A rare set of both sizes "Hiiden Kehto" or "Giant's Cradle" - Iittala, Finland circa 1955

Timo Sarpaneva - A rare set of both sizes "Hiiden Kehto" or "Giant's Cradle" - Iittala, Finland circa 1955

A rare complete set, mouldblown, sandblasted and etched glass art-object "Hiiden Kehto" or "Giant's Cradle". model 3157. Designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1951 and made by the Iittala glassworks in Finland in 1955 & 1956.

Sarpaneva took his inspiration for these objects from the natural phenomena, known as "Hiiden Kirnu" or Giant Kettle. These are glacial potholes drilled in solid rock by water descending down a deep moulin or by gravel rotating in a bed of a subglacial meltwater stream.

These "Giant's Cradles" were made in two sizes between 1952 and 1960. This therefore is a rare complete set of both sizes. Both are signed and dated on the side in diamondpen.

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About Timo Sarpaneva

Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki 1926 – Helsinki 2006), was a pioneering figure in the world of glass and design. Throughout his illustrious career, Sarpaneva excelled in a wide range of artistic endeavors, including glassware, ceramics, textiles, and industrial design. His groundbreaking contributions and relentless pursuit of innovation firmly established him as one of the most influential figures in Finnish design history.

Sarpaneva's passion for art and design blossomed during his formative years. He honed his skills at the renowned University of Art and Design in Helsinki, where he developed his unique artistic vision. Known for his bold experimentation with shapes, textures, and colors, Sarpaneva seamlessly merged traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Sarpaneva gained international recognition for his iconic glass designs, such as the legendary "Orkidea" and "Kajak" series. His daring and innovative approach revolutionized the use of glass as a expressive medium, establishing his works as quintessential examples of modern Scandinavian design.

Sarpaneva's contributions extended beyond glass art. He played a pivotal role in the development of industrial design in Finland, collaborating closely with various companies to create exquisite objects, including cutlery, tableware, lighting, and furniture. His partnership with Iittala, one of Finland's most renowned design brands, yielded timeless classics that continue to be produced and cherished worldwide.

Throughout his remarkable career, Sarpaneva received numerous prestigious awards and accolades. His works were showcased in esteemed galleries and museums around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His artistic vision and innovative spirit have had a lasting impact on generations of designers, elevating Finland to an internationally recognized hub of design excellence.

Iittala glassworks, Finland 1955 & 1956

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