Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) was a highly influential Finnish designer whose work helped solidify Finlandâ?s design reputation. Sarpaneva was a sculptor and designer who worked in various mediums, including glass. Timo Sarpaneva won the Iittala engraved glass competition in 1951 and began working for Iittala soon after. His name is synonymous with Finnish and Nordic design. He is perhaps most widely recognized for his industrial design works, particularly the cast-iron cookware pieces for Iittala, as well as the Iittala Festivo candlesticks.