The Timo Sarpaneva drinking glasses by Design House Stockholm are coated with an outer spiralled layer of silicone, facilitating their use for holding hot drinks. They protect the hand from heat and give the glass a good grip, even when it is wet. The heat-resistant glass is dishwasher and microwave safe and resistant to sudden temperature changes, such as when hot coffee is inserted in a cold glass. The middle area is a bit thicker than the rest of the glass, so as to avoid burning hands with hot drinks. The upper glass edge is slightly slanted to avoid damages. The base is cone-like and suitable for small as well as large hands.
Professor Timo Sarpaneva was convinced that even a simple everyday object possesses architectural qualities.
In many of his designs, which have been displayed in museums around the whole world, glass is moulded instead of pulled and blown – as is the case for the Timo Sarpaneva drinking glass.
“Glass is the finest of all materials. The possibility of working with it, and the kind of moulding it allows is unique. It tranforms into a crystal object out of a gooey mass. It is moody and difficult, a material that lives many lives.”