Get your hands on traditional Swedish glassware!
Following the journey of glass from a syrupy, molten state to glittering crystal is a spectacular sight that takes place in the Kosta Boda hot shops every day.
Designers, glassblowers, cutters, painters and engravers play their part in this skilled work every day, and each glass from Kosta Boda is a unique and sophisticated piece of craftsmanship. By the time the finished glass leaves the glassworks, no fewer than 15 different people have contributed to the production process.
Since 1898, art and crystal glass for everyday use has been produced under the brand of Orrefors. At our glassworks in Kosta, our skilled glassworkers are joined by several of Sweden’s most prestigious designers in developing the design, craftsmanship and new techniques. A smaller part of our production has been produced at other renowned glassworks, mainly in Europe, since 2004. A few products are produced in Asia. At all glassworks, we use the same designers and in many cases the production techniques developed by ourselves in Småland, Sweden.
Early on, Kosta Boda' committed to "...develop the expressive power of glass, both artistically and technically," while ensuring that, "Swedish glass will always be elegant, exciting, and of superb quality in both craft and design."
Along with other now - famous Småland glassmakers, Kosta Boda quite literally reinvented the art and craft of Swedish glass in the early part of the 20th century. Moreover, Kosta Boda played a key role in the emergence of a distinctive Scandinavian idiom and quality standards whose goal is design excellence in everything from toys to tableware.
The equation behind this artistic and market success was the collaboration of designer and glassmaker, and that remains true to the present. At Kosta Boda, artist and artisan work side by side, experimenting with recipes, forms, colors and textures - as well as techniques old and new - to produce works of originality and timeless elegance.