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Series of Kartio drinking glasses

The Kartio collection was launched in 1958 by Kaj Franck with the Kartio drinking glasses he designed for the Finnish design manufacturer Iittala, and is characterised by its constant simplicity.

Again and again attempts were made to copy Kartio's design, which was as simple as it was ingenious. But all rational geometry was of no avail - the secret of the equally simple and timeless design lies in the combination of Kaj Franck's experience and genius:

"If you want to create a perfect glass, you have to start with the hand holding the glass. You have to ask yourself, "What kind of glass would this hand like to hold?"

Kartio creates a perfect balance between material, strong yet simple geometric shapes and natural colours. Such an essential design is as beautiful and functional today as it will be tomorrow.


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