Kaj Franck - A glass Art-object "Lancet", model KF 218 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö Finland, ca. 1965
Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnish designer and leading figure in Finish art-world between 1940-1980. Today his name is used for the prestigious “The Kaj Franck Design Prize” annually awarded by the Finnish Design Forum. Lancet
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.
A free blown, cut and polished purple and clear cased glass art-object “Lancet”, model KF 218. This art-object was designed by Kaj Franck in 1953 and executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland circa 1965.
These rare objects were made between 1953 and 1966 in two different sizes, this being a largest sized example. We have seen no other examples of the "Lancet" in this deep purple color before (the Lancet was mostly made in a dark blue color) and are positive that this item is therefore extremely rare.
It is marked underneath the base: Nuutajärvi-Notsjö. In accordance with Kaj Franck's ideas regarding the role of the artist in the creative process, his designs were - from mid-1960's to the late 1970's - signed with the factory name only .
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Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland circa 1965