Scandinavian modern candleholders by Timo Sarpeneva – still available today

festivo-candleholders-and-vase-by-timo-sarpeneva-for-iittalaTimo Sarpeneva designed these Festivo glass candlesticks for iittala in 1966 — and they are, arguably, his most famous creation. You can still get these beautiful Scandinavian modern designs from a variety of online retailers, including Amazon. They would look incredible on any mid-century modern dining room table, accenting a Marimekko tablecloth — perfection.

  1. sablemable says:

    No, I’ve never noticed about using glass from spring to fall, then metals for winter, Sue! I’m shaking my brain cells awake to see if I remember Mom doing that, but all that comes out of all the rattling is noise, no memories, LOL!
    I adore Scandenavian decor! I have a Danish buffet and table/chairs from 1961 (imprinted on the bottom of the furniture) that I bought years ago from one of my Mom’s friends.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Oh wow, what an exciting yet unexpecting thing to see. I grew up with seeing these candlesticks and stubby glasses used during festive holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving at my Mom’s.

    And, at Christmas, instead of putting them on a tablecloth, she’d place these candlesticks in amongst boughs off trees that we got off the mountains.

  3. sumac sue says:

    Those are beautiful. But, I have a decorating question, offered up for fun — do you use glass candlesticks and other glass decorative objects only from spring until fall, sort of like the old white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor day rule?

    Sounds like a nutty question. But, I have an elderly acquaintance who says that is the standard she grew up with back in the good old days. She only uses glass decorative objects from maybe Easter to Labor Day. During fall and winter, she uses the heavier materials such as brass, silver and/or wood.

    I use whatever strikes my fancy. Just wondering if others have heard of this “rule.”

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