Kaj Franck - A glass art-object "Pilari", model KF 249 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö Finland, 1959
Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnish designer and leading figure in Finnish art-world between 1940-1980.
Born in 1911 on the Finnish Russian border in a family of architects (his grandfather was director of the famous Arabia Ceramics factory) of Finnish-German-Swedish decent.
He attended the furniture department of Taideteollinen korkeakoulu (todays Aalto university school of Arts, Design and Architecture) in Helsinki.
After his studies he worked as a freelance designer until he joined Arabia as a designer in 1945. In 1950 he became Arabia’s Artistic Director. He also designed glass-objects for Iittala between 1946 and 1950 and between 1950 and 1976 for Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks.
From 1945 onwards he worked as and educator at Taideteollinen korkeakoulu and he became Artistic Director from the institute in 1960.
His modernist designs in everyday tableware glass are considered to be a revolution and classic Finnish design object (most notably his Kilta tableware and Kartio glassware).
He is often referred to as “the conscience of Finnish design”, moderation, ecology and equality were Franck’s principles. He strove to minimise the number of everyday objects we need in our lives, drawing attention to the sustainability and life cycle of products.
Kay Franck’s designs are in collections of numerous museums all over the world. Among others: Design Museum Helsinki, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and The British Museum, London. He was a recipient of many prizes. Most notably the Lunning prize in 1955, a “Grand prix” and several “Gold medals” at the Triennale di Milano.
Today his name is used for the prestigious “The Kaj Franck Design Prize” annually awarded by the Finnish Design Forum.
A turned mould blown, cased glass, facet cut art-object “Pilari”, model KF 249, in purple and turquoise hues. Designed by Kaj Franck in 1956 and executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland in 1959.
These rare hexagonal shaped vases were made by the Finish Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks between 1956 and 1968 in two different sizes (22 cm and 27 cm), this being the smaller sized example. The use of different colours in thin layers and the shape gives it the prismatic effect much like the model KF 215 "Prisma", designed by Kaj Franck in 1953.
It is fully marked underneath the base in diamond-pen: K. Frank - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö - '59 (1959).
Price including VAT: € 1299
Signed in diamondpen; K. Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö '59 (1959)
Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland 1959
This "Pilari" is in good overall condition. No cracks, some minor scratches. On two of the six corners of the base there is some impact damage noticeable. Those small chips are 2.5 and 1.5 mm. Wear consistent with age and use.
Marianne Aav (ed.), Kaj Franck, Universal Forms, p.324
H. 22 cm
W. 8 cm
D. 8 cm