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Kaj Franck (1911 -1989)

Kaj Franck (1911 -1989) was, in his capacity as a designer and artistic director in industry (Arabia and Nuutajärven Lasi, which is now a part of iittala) and as a teacher at the University of Art and Design, the "conscience of Finnish design".
Functionality and compatibility were the underlying concepts of his streamlined utility articles, which he often chose to decorate only with colour. Around the world, his best-known designs are Teema dishes (Arabia) and Kartio glasses (Iittala), which have become classics of modern design.
Kaj Franck's unique works of glass and ceramics served to counterbalance his mass-produced items.
His awards included, at the Milan Triennials, a gold medal (1951), the diplome d’honneur (1954) and the Grand Prix (1957), he also received the Compasso d’Oro (1957), the Lunning Award, the State's industrial arts award, and a gold medal in Sacramento.
His works are included in the following collections:
the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the Museum of Modern Art, the Corning Glass Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Finnish Glass Museum, the Arabia Museum, the Iittala Museum and the Nuutajärvi Museum.

Information, reference book: Kaj Kalin: "Sarpaneva"

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Illustration on the book "Finnish glass" (Kerttu Niilonen, Tammi 1966) page 62