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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 design, which is as simple as it is timeless, 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 that holds the glass. You have to wonder what kind of glass this hand would like to hold."

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