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Leading Finnish glassware designer Timo Sarpaneva dies at age 79

Leading Finnish glassware designer Timo Sarpaneva dies at age 79

Timo Sarpaneva, one of Finland's foremost designers of glassware, died Monday, the Finnish news agency STT reported. He was 79. No cause of death was given.
Sarpaneva's sleek and elegant glasses, vases and kitchen utensils embodied the concept of modern "Scandinavian design" through more than four decades, winning him high acclaim and prizes abroad.
He held numerous international exhibitions, including a highly successful tour of the United States in 1994-95, and his works have been included in dozens of museums worldwide.
In 1963, Sarpaneva became an honorary member of the British Royal Society of Arts, and four years later he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.
Although his creativity included inventive sculptures in metals and wood, he was perhaps best known for graceful designs of everyday drinking glasses and vases which continue to be popular with consumers.
He is survived by his wife, Marjatta Svennevig, whom he married in 1997. He had four children from a previous marriage.


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:23 GMT+08:00