Designed to go from oven to table, the covered Cast-Iron Casserole is an outstanding example of Scandinavian design with its form, organic shape, natural material, and utilitarianism. In addition to having won several design awards, the Cast-Iron Casserole is in the Museum’s collection and was featured in Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, an exhibition mounted by the Museum’s department of Architecture and Design in 2010. Made by Iittala of cast iron with a white enamel interior and pressed-wood handle. The detachable wooden handle is used to open the lid and lift the pot. Cast iron is stovetop and oven-safe. Hand-wash only.
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Scandinavian design became a major international influence in the mid twentieth century as it blended a strong history of hand craftsmanship, unpretentious form, and utilitarianism with the tenets of the modern movement. Favoring organic shapes and natural elements, new designers continue to carry on the tradition with light, user-friendly furniture and products.
Following World War II, a number of factors combined to foster a new direction in home products and furniture. New materials, such as molded plywood and plastic, and advances in mass production techniques opened a world of design options. Through the efforts of companies like Herman Miller, their longtime design director George Nelson, and the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames, these new designs could be produced for a broad market. A new vocabulary of ergonomic form, versatile function, and synthetic material emerged—and some of the most beloved furniture of the century was created.
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