Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 12

Kaj Franck, Large Blue Glass Art-Object, Model KF 261, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, c.1965

$863.11

About

Kaj Franck - Large blue glass art-object, model KF 261 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, circa 1965 Artist 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 of Finnish-German-Swedish decent in a family of artists and architects (his grandfather was director of the famous Arabia Ceramics factory). 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 designed glass-objects for Iittala between 1946 and 1950 and between 1950 and 1976 for Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks. From 1945 onwards he also worked as an 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 objects (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 large round, topaz-blue and clear cased glass, moldblown, turned and cut art-object, model KF 261, designed by Kaj Franck in 1960, executed by the Nuutajärvi-Notsjö glassworks circa 1965. These art-objects / bowls were made between 1960 and 1968 in three colors (green, blue and purple) and two sizes (150, 220 mm). This being a largest size example executed in a striking unusual topaz-blue. 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. In our collection we also have a dark blue and a green example. Literature Marianne Aav (ed.) Kaj Franck: Universal Forms, p. 324. Shipping Worldwide complimentary shipping.

Details

  • Creator
    Nuutajärvi Notsjõ (Manufacturer),Kaj Franck (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.55 in. (9 cm)Diameter: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good overall condition. No cracks or chips. Scratches underneath the base. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    EL Waalre, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5141223345272

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 8-18 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Oosterbeek, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Kaj Franck

Kaj Gabriel Franck was a leading figure in 20th-century Finnish design, specializing in ceramics and glass. As the creative director of Arabia Ceramics, now part of Iittala, he, along with fellow Finns Timo Sarpaneva and Tapio Wirkkala, helped popularize the bright, warm and curvy aesthetic of Scandinavian modernism. Design Forum Finland’s Kaj Franck Design Prize, established in 1992 and awarded each year around his birthday, is among the country’s most prestigious honors for designers.Franck was born in 1911 in the city of Vyborg, which now belongs to Russia, but was then part of the Grand Duchy of Finland. He studied furniture design at the Central School of Industrial Design in Helsinki, and after graduating in 1932, worked as a catalogue illustrator for the Riihimäki glassworks, exploring interior and textile design on the side. Having served in the Finnish armed forces during World War II, he joined Arabia in 1945 as their head of design. He remained with the company for many years, steering its line of tableware in a dynamic new direction. Franck professed an aversion to superfluous ornament. His ceramic designs were nevertheless complex and eye-catching, animated with playful, geometric forms. One of his most famous creations for Arabia was the Origami dish from the early 1960s, a glossyall-white serving piece resembling a subtly folded piece of paper with four shallow sections for holding food.Although his Arabia ceramics became household staples for consumers in Scandinavia and beyond, Franck is better known among collectors for his glass designs, particularly those he created for Iittala starting in the late 1940s. In a 1947 Iittala-sponsored glass competition, Franck shared the top prize with Tapio Wirkkala. In 1950, he designed the company’s iconic Kartio series of pressed-glass pitchers and glasses, which came in different colors that consumers could “mix and match” rather than having to buy a homogeneous set. In 1977, Franck redesigned the series, renamed Teemaa.Franck’s designs for Iittala embodied the Finnish concept of pelkistetty, which literally means “reduced” and in the design world refers to the pared-down, minimal qualities of modernism. This principle, evidenced in objects like this elegant, unfussy set of four jewel-toned drinking glasses from the 1960s, informed Franck’s view of the manufacturing process as well. Critical of mass-production and consumerism, he was one of the country’s first professionals in his field to advocate recycling. He became known as the “conscience of Finnish design,” a role he embraced as a professor and later artistic director at University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In honor of Franck’s 100th birthday, in 2011, Iittala reissued Kartio glasses, Teema tableware and Purnukka jars, among other of his designs that retain their contemporary feel decades after their creation.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in EL Waalre, Netherlands
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
1stDibs seller since 2019
31 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Glass Vase by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland
By Kaj Franck, Nuutajärvi Notsjõ
Located in Stockholm, SE
Small “KF 106" USVA (mist) glass vase by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö in Finland. Lobed vase in foamy glass cased in clear. Engraved “K.Franck Nuutajärvi Nottsjö - 57".
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Vase in Glass, Kaj Franck, Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Bordeaux Red / Brown Color
By Nuutajärvi Notsjõ, Kaj Franck
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely vase designed by Kaj Franck at Nuutajärvi Notsjö in Finland in a Bordeaux red / slightly brown color.
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Kaj Franck Bowls Produced by Nuutajärvi Notsjö in Finland
By Kaj Franck
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare set of 9 glass bowls designed by Kaj Franck. Produced by Nuutajärvi Notsjö in Finland.
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Glass

Mid Century Kaj Franck Cobalt Blue Glass Vase for Nuutajarvi Notsjo, Finland
By Nuutajärvi Notsjõ, Kaj Franck
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Stunning cobalt blue glass vase by Kaj Franck for Nuutajarvi, Finland.
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

A Signed Kaj Franck Prisma Block Glass Vase, Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, 1960s
By Nuutajärvi Notsjõ, Kaj Franck
Located in Vienna, AT
An extraordinary handblown and large art glass vase from the 1960s, designed by Kaj Franck, executed by Nuutajärvi Notsjö / Finland. The vase has facetted and polished sides. The bea...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass

1950s Kaj Franck Soap Bubble Glass Orb Nuutajarvi Notsjo Finland
By Kaj Franck
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A beautiful sculptural and fluid piece. The "Soap Bubble" vase in olive glass. Extensive signature, K. Franck, Nuutajarvi Notsjo Measures: 7 inch high.
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Glass "Flora" Jug & Bowl by Oiva Toikka for Nuutajarvi, Finland
By Oiva Toikka, Nuutajärvi Notsjõ
Located in London, GB
Midcentury jug and bowl in clear glass from the "Flora" series by Oiva Toikka. Designed 1966 for Nuutajärvi of Finland. The Flora series comprised a range of glassware, moulded fr...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Pookali Goblet Vase by Kaj Franck for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, 1960s
By Kaj Franck
Located in New York, NY
Pookali goblet by influential Designer Kaj Franck, this goblet is in a rare combination of deep red and silver and bears its original tag.
Category

Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery