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was one of the leading figures of Finnish
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design, the teacher of several generations of professional designers in Finland, and an influential figure in design
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and applied arts between 1940-1980. He was artistic director of the Wärtsilä
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Group (later Hackman
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Plc, present-day Iittala
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Group) and artistic director and teacher at the College of Applied Arts, the predecessor of the University of Art and Design Helsinki
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The Design Forum Finland
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awards the yearly Kaj Franck Design Prize
to a designer or team of designers working in the spirit of the late Kaj Franck.
The Mint of Finland will release a collector coin with the theme "Kaj Franck and Industrial Art" in January 2011. The year of release will coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his birth.