Kaj Franck - Clear and yellow glass art-object, model KF234 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö Finland 1961

Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy
Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy
Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy
Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy
Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy

Kaj Franck - Clear and yellow glass art-object, model KF234 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö Finland 1961

A Tapered, oval shaped, yellow and clear cased glass and brim cut artglass object, model KF234. Designed by Kaj Franck in 1955 and executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks in 1961.

These art-objects were made between 1955 and 1964 in four colours and three sizes. This being a medium sized yellow example in excellent condition.

It's fully signed and dated in diamondpen underneath the base.

Price including VAT: Sold

 

About Kaj Franck

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. 

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 freela. nce 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.  

Marked

Marked in diamondpen underneath the base: K. Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö '61 (1961)Kaj Franck KF234 Yellow - Van Kerkhoff Art Consultancy

Execution

Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland 1961.

Condition

This KF234 is in very good condition. Some minor scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No chips or cracks.

Literature

Marianne Aav (ed.), Kaj Franck, Universal Forms, p.324

Dimensions

H. 16,7 cm
W. 17,1 cm
D. 9,45 cm
Weight 819 grams

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