Kaj Franck – Complete set of glass art object “Prisma”, model KF 215 in largest size – Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, Finland 1958-1965


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A complete set of all the colour-variants of  Art-object “Prisma”, model KF 215. Designed by Kaj Franck in 1954 and executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland between 1958 and 1968.

These rare freeblown, encased, cut and polished glass vases were made between 1958 and 1968 in four different sizes ranges and three colour-variants. This therefore is a set of all variants in the largest size range.

The purple example is a rare very early production. It is noticebly more slender than it’s countreparts. The method of making these elegant objects was very difficult to master and although Franck designed the Prisma in 1954 it took the craftsmen of Nuutajarvi several years to blow the object as intended by Kaj Franck.

They are all marked underneath the base in diamondpen. The purple end yellow Prisma’s are signed Kaj Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, followed by the date. The brown example is marked with the factory name only. This indicates that the brown Prisma was made around 1965 as 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 1960’s – signed with the factory name only


About Kaj Franck

Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989), a pioneering Finnish designer and a prominent figure in the Finnish art world from 1940 to 1980, left an indelible mark on the design landscape. Today, his name is synonymous with excellence and innovation, as exemplified by the prestigious “The Kaj Franck Design Prize,” which is annually awarded by the esteemed Finnish Design Forum.

Born in 1911 on the Finnish-Russian border into a family with a rich architectural heritage, Franck had design in his blood. His grandfather held a prominent position as the director of the renowned Arabia Ceramics factory, underscoring the influence and inspiration that surrounded him from an early age.

Franck pursued his passion for design by studying at the furniture department of Taideteollinen korkeakoulu, known today as the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, in Helsinki. Equipped with a solid foundation in design principles, he embarked on a career as a freelance designer before joining Arabia in 1945. It was during his time at Arabia that Franck’s talent truly flourished, and in 1950, he assumed the role of the company’s Artistic Director.

While his contributions to Arabia were significant, Franck’s creative vision extended beyond ceramics. He also designed glass objects for Iittala between 1946 and 1950, and later for Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks from 1950 to 1976. His designs, particularly in everyday tableware and glassware, propelled him to the forefront of the design world. Notably, his iconic Kilta tableware and Kartio glassware are celebrated as revolutionary and enduring symbols of classic Finnish design.

Franck’s design philosophy embodied a profound commitment to principles of moderation, ecology, and equality. Often referred to as “the conscience of Finnish design,” he advocated for minimalism and the conscious reduction of everyday objects, emphasizing the importance of sustainability and product life cycles. Franck’s designs were a testament to his belief that beauty and functionality could coexist harmoniously, enhancing the lives of individuals while respecting the environment.

Recognized for his exceptional contributions, Franck’s works grace the collections of esteemed museums worldwide. Noteworthy institutions such as the Design Museum Helsinki, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and The British Museum in London all proudly display his creations. Throughout his illustrious career, Franck received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Lunning Prize in 1955, as well as “Grand Prix” and multiple “Gold Medals” at the renowned Triennale di Milano.

Kaj Franck’s enduring legacy rests not only on his remarkable designs but also on his unwavering commitment to advancing the field of design. His vision, which emphasized sustainability, simplicity, and social consciousness, continues to inspire designers and enthusiasts alike, ensuring that his influence will be felt for generations to come.


Signed in diamondpen underneath the base:
Kaj Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö '58 (Purple)
Kaj Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö '61 (Yellow)
Nuutajärvi-Notsjö (Brown)


Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland 1958-1968


These Prisma's are in good vintage condition. Some light scratches and wear consistent with age and use. Additionally the Purple one has a knurled scratch on the front middle corner. The Brown Prisma has a small restoration on the base. No chips or cracks.


Marianne Aav (ed.), Kaj Franck, Universal Forms, p.222, p.323


Height 20,1, 20,9 & 21,5 cm
Width 14, 15,3 & 14,8 cm
Depth 7,1, 8,8 & 9,3 cm

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