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Iittala’s Kartio pitcher is part of the eponymous glassware collection designed by Kaj Franck. The iconic collection’s unique character stems from the living spirit that Franck added to the glassware’s rational, clean geometry, resulting in a fine example of Finnish glass design. Kartio’s simple practicality suits the needs of everyday life, and its refined elegance complements also festive settings.

The round, mouth-blown pitcher is an old model, originally from 1955, fetched from Iittala’s extensive archives in celebration of the brand’s 140th anniversary in 2021. Handmade at the Iittala glassworks in Finland, the glass carafe comprises a cylindrical neck and a round lower part that perfectly embody Kaj Franck’s strive for simple yet beautiful forms. The anniversary pitcher is a special edition that will be available for a limited time only.

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Kartio pitcher 160 cl, clear

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Material
Mouth-blown glass
Colour
Clear
Height
22 cm
Capacity
160 cl
Care instructions
Wash by hand

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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