IittalaTeema (1953), Kaj Franck
Born in Vyborg, Finland, Kaj Franck (1911-1989) is considered the conscience of Finnish design. He removed everything excessive in his designs, leaving only the essentials. His most famous objects are the Teema tableware and the glass series Kartio (which also features on Wikiconic).
Designed in 1953 for Arabia and originally named Kilta, the iconic Teema dinnerware is made of high-quality porcelain and is oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. In 1953 however, the response was not immense due to the design’s drastic differences from typical dinnerware of the day. Kilta was re-released in 1981 by Iittala (which was, just like Arabia, part of the Fiskars group) and was given the name Teema. The timeless and elegant Teema series has remained popular and it’s one of the most prestigious Nordic dinnerware series.
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