Isn’t it incredible how some of the most successful designs are the simplest ones? Like this beautifully simple 1950s carafe from Finnish designer Timo Tapani Sarpaneva (1926-2006). Sarpaneva developed the hugely popular i-linja (i-line) series of coloured glass for Iittala in 1956, and also extended his hand to packaging, including the design of Iittala’s famous logo (a white ‘i’ in a red circle). The carafe that we have for sale today is in pretty much original condition, with its label still intact (just!), and the base engraved (not visible in the photos) with Sarpaneva’s name, and the model number of the carafe, 2503. A real find! Especially if you consider that these carafes sell for around R1000 online, and that’s a bit of a bargain – complete with glasses they can go for as much as R8000!
I’ve paired the carafe with a fantastic retro vase – which unfortunately I don’t know anything about! But again, it’s a very simple design, with a contemporary hour-glass shape. The vase is in good nick, with only minor marks. I love the shape, how clean the design is, and that fact that it sits so well in a contemporary space – always a sign of good design.
NB: The blue of the Iittala carafe is a darker grey-blue than the teal colour it appears in the photos
Dimensions: Iittala carafe – 29.5cm tall x 9cm in diameter; Retro vase – 17cm tall x 10.5cm in diameter