Kaj Franck – A glass Art-object “Prisma”, model KF 215 in purple and turqoise hues – Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, Finland 1957



A free blown, flared and cased glass, facet cut art-object “Prisma”, model KF 215, in purple an turqoise hues. Designed by Kaj Franck in 1953 and executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland 1957.

These rare vases were made between 1954 and 1968 in four different size-ranges, this being a medium / large sized example.

Fully signed in diamondpen underneath the base: K. Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö ’57 (1957). It’s not in perfect condition as it has a small “knick”on one corner, hence to lower price compared to the other “Prisma’s” in our collection.



About Kaj Franck

Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnish designer and leading figure in Finnish 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 freelance designer until he joined Arabia as a designer in 1945. In 1950 he became Arabia’s Artistic Director. He also designed glassobjects 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 the institute’s Artistic Director 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 in diamondpen underneath the base: K. Franck Nuutajärvi-Notsjö '57 (1957)


Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks, Finland 1957


This Prisma is in fair condition. A small "knick" / impact damage on one of the sides, some minor scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No chips or cracks.


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


Height 14.6 cm
Width 13.4 cm
Depth 8.4 cm
Weight 1184 grams

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