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Kartio tumbler 40 cl, 2 pcs, aqua

Iittala

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Material
Glass
Colour
Aqua

Kaj Franck

Finnish ceramic and glass designer Kaj Franck (1911-1989) realized a powerful truth in his distinguished career: simple is beautiful. Despite the world moving at an ever-fastening pace, from one decade to another, that simple truth remains. Franck’s inspiration and principles began a tradition in Finnish design, which is still alive and strong today. His best-known works are Iittala Teema and Kartio series, and his heritage is a part of every Finnish home.

"I want to make use of objects that are so obvious that they are not noticeable”, Kaj Franck defined his own work. His designs catered to basic human needs while serving them tools with properties of everyday objects. Franck was also interested in low-cost mass production and shunned materialism, throwaway culture and showing off. Franck’s world consisted of the basic mathematical shapes and simple forms, decorated only with strong colours.

The starting point of Franck's work was practicality combined with beauty. Although it seems self-evident today, in his own time his thoughts were radical. Franck separated styles and fashion trends from tradition and gave it a whole new meaning. In the period of 1952-53, Franck showed that dinnerware does not need to be overly complex with the release of the Kilta series as strong statement – it was a novel idea that everyone was able to do table settings according to their own needs.

Franck began his designs by focusing on the idea or underlying concept, not the shape. This emphasis on the idea aspect of design was also carried to his work as a teacher and later as an artistic director at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Franck was also one of the first advocates of recycling, and he has often been called the "conscience of Finnish design”. Franck won many awards in his distinguished career and became internationally famous. Today, the Kaj Franck Award is Finland's most prestigious design recognition.

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  • Equal opportunities for all employees
  • Commitment to UN Global Compact, fair compensation for all employees
  • Corporate responsibility requirements defined and communicated for suppliers
  • Systematic work for improved inclusion and well-being in the workplace
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Suppliers' compliance to a code of conduct ensured
  • Compliance to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ensured in the supply chain
  • Support for community involvement in the supply chain
  • Direct suppliers audited and certified
  • Fair and resource-wise water-use in production
  • No incineration or landfilling of returned items
  • No use of endangered species as materials
  • No direct environmental emissions or waste (excl. GHGs) from production
  • The sustainability of direct suppliers' production is addressed and monitored
  • Material-efficient and ecological packaging
  • Positive impact on nature’s well-being through operations that regenerate natural ecosystems
  • Production and material sourcing that respect biodiversity, animal rights, and natural ecosystems
  • No potentially harmful chemicals used in own production
  • Company's direct greenhouse gas emissions identified and commitment to reduction
  • Product's carbon impact identified and commitment to reduction
  • Guidance on energy- and eco-efficient use of the product
  • Contribution to climate initiatives beyond the brand’s direct operations
  • Low-carbon or compensated transportation
  • Carbon footprint of the product calculated and goals set to reduce it
  • 100 % renewable energy in own production and operations
  • Carbon neutral or carbon negative product
  • Sustainable and long-lasting material choices
  • No harmful or hazardous substances
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  • High aesthetic quality promoting long-term use of the product
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  • Design for enduring life-long quality
  • Innovative circular design solutions: circular service system, resale platform, remanufacturing, collection of used products, etc.
  • Design and support for product maintenance, repair and upgradability

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