Pentti Sarpaneva

Pentti Sarpaneva

Finland (1925- 1978)


The curious designs of Pentti Sarpaneva brim with life. His large, dramatic pieces combine traditional themes of nature and Finnish culture, which have been uniquely interpreted by the artist.

Brother of celebrated design savant Timo Sarpaneva, Pentti was a graphic artist before he began to explore jewelry design in his thirties. Influenced by the tumultuous natural landscape of Finland, he produced explosive designs based on natural elements such as tree bark, volcanic lava and melting icicles; reflective of a wider revival of a relationship to nature in Finnish design.

Sarpaneva produced these evocative “objet trouve” creations under the firms of Turun Hopea and Kalevala Koru. His forms were unlike any other jewelry being produced in his native Finland at the time, and were not particularly well received by the contemporary public.

His use of local stones, many of which had been used and known since ancient times, are often left uncut in their more natural state. His interest in bringing components of traditional Finnish design into a modern setting results in bold, detailed pieces with strong emotional appeal. 

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