Kaj Franck was a designer and artistic director at the Arabia porcelain factory and the Nuutajärvi glassworks from the 1940s to the 1970s, when his practical aesthetic gained an established place in Finnish homes. He can be said to have influenced the everyday material culture of Finns perhaps more than any other designer. Alongside the design of utility wares, Franck was interested in different techniques for treating blown glass, which he applied in his output of art glass.
Kaj Franck – Universal Forms is published by Design Museum in honor of the centenary of the birth of Kaj Franck. this book addresses the life of Kaj Franck in all its variety, from his childhood and early years in a wide range of design-related work to his status as an award-winning and respected designer and an influential figure in his field. The themes inslude Franck as a designer of textiles, ceramics, mass-produced and art glass, plastics and gardens, as well his work for the Wärtsilä corporation and his relationship with Japan. An interesting perspective on Franck´s life and his manner of registering the world around him is provided by a selection of letters sent to his mother and sister.
The contributors to this book are all experts in their respective fields, and several of them knew Kaj Franck personally. Their articles commendably describe the various aspects of Franck´s life´s work.
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