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Scandia returns to Iittala’s collection

Revolutionary when it was designed in 1952, the Scandia cutlery collection became a classic in Finnish homes and has now returned to the Iittala collection

When designed in 1952, Scandia cutlery by Kaj Franck was quite revolutionary - it shook the existing and set a new standard, like Teema designed by Franck the very same year. Scandia became one of the most loved everyday classics in Finnish homes.

Now, it has returned to Iittala collection as a lasting companion for the everyday dining.

Designed at the same time as the classic Kilta (today known as Teema) tableware, the Scandia cutlery collection followed very much the same philosophy Kaj Franck is so known for: highly functional everyday design where form follows the function creating simplified and time-¬standing aesthetics for everyday.

At that time, while in continental Europe and wealthy Scandinavian countries consumers were using delicate silverware as a cutlery standard, while the Finns mostly used a very simple and sturdy steel utensils produced by local factories Hackman and Fiskars.

In the fifties Kaj Franck renewed the table setting by destroying the idea of full, decorative dinner sets by replacing them with multifunctional, combinable and essential dishes of simplified, unicoloured design.

Rethinking the cutlery was a logical addition. He flattened the spikes of the fork and created a solid base to the root of the spikes for more easy picking of peas and rice from the plate; while the spoon was designed rounder and deeper for convenient use with soups, the coffee spoon was of a practical size to serve more purposes than one.

Scandia was created for the practical needs of the Finnish everyday, and during 40 years of its production it became one of the most popular and most loved cutlery in Finland.

Scandia complements Iittala cutlery selection with an everyday option that matches beautifully Franck’s other everyday classics, Teema tableware
and Kartio glasses that for 2016 is launched in a new, nostalgic emerald green colour. The slightly larger new size matches the modern dining and tableware and makes the set a nice com-panion for collectors.

For the lucky ones who have the original smaller cutlery, they are nice dessert or starter utensils to add on to the new set that now consists of most essential parts, just like Franck wanted it.

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