Kaj Franck

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Kaj Franck (1911-1989) was one of the leading figures of Finnish design and an influential figure in design and applied arts between 1940-1980.

He was artistic director of the Arabia ceramics company (now part of Iittala Group), but created designs for other companies as well.[1] He was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal in 1964.

The Design Forum Finland awards the yearly Kaj Franck Design Prize to a designer or team of designers working in the spirit of the late Kaj Franck. Recipients of the prize include Oiva Toikka (1992), Yrjö Kukkapuro (1995), Heikki Orvola (1998), Eero Aarnio (2008), Simo Heikkilä (2011) and Harri Koskinen (2014).[2]

The Mint of Finland released a collector coin with the theme “Kaj Franck and Industrial Art” in January 2011. The coin commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of his birth.[3]

He is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.[4]


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