iittala - Kartio Collection

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The Kartio collection has been created by Kaj Franck in 1958, starting with the Kartio drinking glasses, which he designed for the Finnish design manufacturer Iittala, bribing with its constant simplicity.

It has again and again been tried to copy the equally simple and genius design of Kartio. However all the rational geometry didn't help – the secret of the simple and timeless design lies in the combination of Kaj Franck's experience and genius:

"If you want to create a perfect glass, you will have to start with the hand that holds the glass. You must ask yourself what a glass this hand wants to hold."

Kartio forms the perfect balance between material, strong - but still simply geometric – forms and natural colours. Such an essential design is as well beautiful and functional as it will be tomorrow.