Exhibition
 Admission with Museum Card
 

Kaj Franck - A Designers Utopia

The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimki

  • 10.2.2024–12.5.2024

Kaj Franck (1911–1989) was a Finnish glass and ceramic designer whose creations are a perfect marriage of geometrical form, colour, multifunctionality and timeless elegance. His designs draw inspiration from nature and from Japanese arts and crafts.

 

Kaj Franck (1911–1989) was a Finnish glass and ceramic designer whose creations are a perfect marriage of geometrical form, colour, multifunctionality and timeless elegance. His designs draw inspiration from nature and from Japanese arts and crafts.
Franck carved out a long career at the Arabia ceramics company (1945–1961) and the Nuutajrvi glassworks (1950–1976). His notable designs for the Arabia factory include the Kilta tableware collection (1953), which later evolved into the Teema tableware series (1981). His specialization at Nuutajrvi was pressed glassware. Franck took a special interest in exploring the optical properties of glass. He experimented with many techniques including bubble glass, exploded cased glass, filigree and a self-invented ring technique he developed in the 1960s and 1970s. His ringed plates and bowls are among his most famous glass objects. While his functional glassware is thin and lightweight, he was equally skilled in the medium of heavier glass sculpture. On top of his extensive work as a designer, Franck was a teacher, head instructor and artistic director at the Helsinki Institute of Industrial Arts (1945–1969) and was later appointed professor of design (1973–1978).
Although Franck is acclaimed primarily as a designer of glass and ceramics, he graduated in furniture design. During his long and varied career, he also designed furniture, printed fabrics, plasticware and interiors. His work is characterized by open-minded experimentation and bold combinations of materials.

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The Finnish Glass Museum
Tehtaankatu 23, 11910 Riihimki

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Admission with Museum Card
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Tue 10:00-17:00
Wed 10:00-17:00
Thu 10:00-17:00
Fri 10:00-17:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

Jan closed, The days before official holidays open 10-16