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KARTIO glasses, Kaj Franck (Iittala, since 1993)

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Scandinavian Art Glass881 of 1401KARTIO/TEEMA glasses, Kaj Franck (Nuutajärvi Notsjö or Iittala, 1958)tamara aladin
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Posted 5 years ago


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The original KARTIO or 2744 glasses were first made in 1953 and they were mouthblown, but as soon as 1958 they started making machine made versions of it, although in fact it seems they made a completely new glass which is today know as KARTIO, but also as 5027 or TEEMA. So it was made to match the TEEMA (or KILTA) dinnerware series.

They were into production from 1958 to 1975, then in 1982 and then since 1993 till today, when they are absolutely best-sellers all round the world. The original mouthblown ones have also been reissued in 2011, but they are not into production any longer.

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The most normal of this glasses is the 20 cl. one, as the cobalt blue one you can see on the first pic.

The four glasses in the second picture were bought in Dublin, from a shop running out of business... I just got one of each colour, as they were selling by the piece. I am not a big fan of the light blue one (the other option was grey), but the green ones are amazing! :)

Those from the third picture were bought online in 2006 or 2007, not really sure about it. From these I've got two of each colour. You can see from 2005 they started working with less intense colours. They had some specially beautiful shades of blue at the time.

The last one is one of two 36 cl. green glasses from before 2005 I got at the outlet of the Spanish distributor for Iittala.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi austro! Good to see these colours! These were the yleislasi / tumblers that Paul and I bought for our new apartment in 2000. We bought the large green and the aqua: vihreä and vaaleaninenen in the 35 cl or 12.5 oz size. Love them of course.
  2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    They are great to use, aren't they? Thanks for your loves and comments!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Pour something in there and lets go! : D
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    haha, what were you thinking of, Amber? A nice white wine maybe? ;)
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Yum, that works for me!

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