Vase “Sargasso”

Kaj Franck (1911-1989)
Verrerie Nuutajärvi
Finland, 1966/1972
Blown-moulded glass, modelled with heat
Gift of Tauno Tarna, 2013
Inv. 2013.29.1
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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For Iitalla and afterwards for Nuurtarjärvi, Kaj Franck designed utilitarian sets and decorative productions, which were often in small series, with minimalist lines. His conception of the object, between craft and design, makes him one of the most iconic figures of Scandinavian design.

This vase associates a pure profile with slightly bubbled glass of a rare emerald green colour, revealing the artist’s interest in the combination of simple shapes such as the association here of a cube and a cylinder.