Designed in 1960 by Timo Sarpaneva, this carefully crafted cast iron pot is a Scandinavian icon. Besides being beautiful enough to claim a permanent spot on your stovetop, the thoughtful design of this cookware grants it superior function. Coated with enamal, the cast iron cooks food evenly in the oven or on the stove while preventing food flavors from sticking to the surface. The detachable wooden handle can be used to lift the lid or the entire pot, making serving a cinch and reminding users of simpler days around the camp fire when a stick would be used to lift the lid and stir the food.
It was Sarpaneva's blacksmith grandfather that served as inspiration for this modern take on anciet cast iron pots. Sarpaneva once said that the idea was conceived by rethinking a traditional object in a way that wasn't too novel and would make "a damn good reindeer stew in the process." The design won the silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennale and features in the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections.Awarded the silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennial and the International Design Award in the United States, iittala's proud name is on the bottom of every Sarpaneva pot.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Finn or fan of Finnish design that doesn’t recognize the iittala logo, designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956 and inspired by his “i-line” range. The logo serves as a symbol of quality craftsmanship, timeless design, and thoughtful functionality. Many collectors ... More iittala
Finnish-born Timo Sarpaneva (1926) was an influential sculptor, educator and designer who greatly contributed to Finland's reputation as the design hub of the world. His work with metals, woods, textiles, porcelain, and glass shows his impressive versatility. No matter the medium, Sarpaneva... More Timo Sarpaneva
I must say, this pot was purchased more for looks over function. We often use it to keep something warm (gently heating it up over a low heat) than cooking directly in it from start to finish. It is our favorite to use with dinner parties when we have a soup or chowder in the mix. The white interior does stain but I've found barkeeper's best friend is a good cleaner to keep the enamel looking pearly white.
With all the stylistic positives, I do have to say that the enamel does chip easily (at least for us). We've had ours for nearly 3 years and there are fleabites all around the edge with several cracks in the enamel at the bottom of the pan-- our similar staub has none of these issues and is used more for day to day use.
All and all this is a definitely an excellent choice for a statement piece or a special occasion bit of cookware. We love that the handle removes too!
San Gabriel, California
May 18, 2018
Superb Design, slightly flawed execution
The pot is remarkable in its overall shape and function; however, the quality of the individual pieces could stand a bit of retooling - for example, the wooden handle (at the points where it is channel routed) are too thin and after years of use may eventually fail. Also the enamel interior does stain ( lightly) after sustained cooking of anything that has an acid base such as tomato sauces, curries, etc. As long as you understand this, you should get some good service and some good meals from this little pot!
March 26, 2018
I bought this pot in London several years ago as a Christmas gift for my partner who lives there. He raves about it and cooks up some lovely dishes in it whenever I visit. I just HAD to have one for myself. First thing I made in it was a delicious chicken soup on a cold snowy day on the first day of spring!
This will become a family heirloom, I am sure.
ProsLovely to look at, cooks evenly, enamel liner makes it easy to clean.
Los Angeles, CA
August 4, 2017
Fast shipping. Absolutely beautiful piece. Great quality and the size is perfect ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
August 16, 2016
Amazing. Love this pot. Beautiful and practical.
ProsEverything. And cleans like a dream.
Chapel Hill, NC
September 4, 2015
"Classic" With Good Reason
It's just the right size for a number of tasks; and its good looks , even heat distribution, and reasonably easy cleanup put it over the top.
Manhattan Beach, CA
September 2, 2015
Good heavy pot
This pot is a very good size for most soups, stews, vegetables, etc. it is heavy cast iron coated with white ceramic on the inside, giving a very good distribution of heat for good cooking. It is beautiful as well, with the clever use of the wood for a handle and lever to remove the cover.
ProsBeautiful pot with great cooking for many complex dishes
ConsMade in China, based on the original which was made in Finland. Hope it lasts as long as the Finnish one!
August 26, 2015
Even though it is made in China, the quality is very good. Perfect accent for your kitchen!
April 7, 2015
sculpture for the kitchen
It is just the right size for our household. It is so beautiful I don't have to find a spot in the cupboard, but I can keep it on display.
November 24, 2014
Love this pot
I like the way the lid and handle work. The size is perfect because it is quite heavy and would be too heavy if it was any larger. My pot has a stain on the lid from the sauce and I can't get it out. How do you recommend cleaning this so the inside stays white?
ConsThe inside porcelain became stained.
August 9, 2014
Don't understand what this means.
I've looking at this pot for years and am so glad to finally own it.
Every time I cook a stew or soup, I think, "Darn, wish I could use that Finnish pot"
and at last I can.
April 20, 2014
very happy with my purchase
very happy with my purchase
By ann radwan
St. Cloud MN
May 28, 2013
perfect pots for perfect stews.
I have owned two of these perfect pots since the 60's. For cooking perfect stews and other slow and delicate cooking, these cast iron pots are perfect.
By Anja M.
Falls Church, VA
May 24, 2012
iittala Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot
I have had the iittala/Sarpaeva pot since the 60's, and now I have two of them, I like it so very much. I only wish there was another larger, wider size, also with the wooden handle. Brilliant! Beautiful! My favorite to use!
Hi, how much does this weigh. Just want to see how much postage to Japan will be.
You can add it to your cart and use the shipping calculator at checkout to estimate the shipping cost by selecting "Japan" and "international Airmail", either the UPS or USPS option and click "Apply".
The shipping cost does not include customs charges, etc - you will have to contact your customs agency for an estimate of those costs.