Orrefors has always been about looking ahead. In search of new techniques, expressions, forms – and designers. Curious to discover more of the endless possibilities of glass.
From the very beginning, our signature has been to bring together traditional craftsmanship with contemporary visionaries. Combining history with the present – to shape the future. This formula has resulted in some of our greatest successes.
When we now celebrate Orrefors' 125th anniversary, we aim to reach a larger audience than ever before. In addition to relaunching selected parts of our extensive catalog, we are constantly establishing new collaborations with leading designers.
Welcome to follow Orrefors in our work to advance the boundaries of glass and design and through this create iconic products for future generations.
Vicke Lindstrand’s Mingus is a Swedish glass icon and a natural part of celebrating Orrefors’ 125 years as it is the oldest product in the assortment.
Mingus was designed for Orrefors in 1934 and has been mouth-blown here in Småland ever since. Mingus was launched as a martini pitcher, but is used just as often for ice water and other cold drinks. The pitcher has won numerous design awards and often represents Swedish glass design at national and international museums.
Vicke Lindstrand (1904–1983) is best known for his work in glass, but he was also a textile artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor and ceramist. He was hired to Orrefors by Simon Gate in 1928 and worked with Gate and Edward Hald during the formative period that began in 1925 with the World’s Fair in Paris. At the fair, Hald introduced the style that later became known as “Swedish Grace.” Vicke Lindstrand gained recognition himself at the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930 and at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939.
During his twelve years at Orrefors, Lindstrand made early works in mold-blown glass and created the art glass technique known as mykene, which was a further development of graal. Together with Edvin Öhrström, Vicke Lindstrand also developed and introduced the ariel technique, which is still famous, before leaving the glassworks in 1940.
Sensitivity to the human need for beauty as part of daily life and celebrations has led to the survival of Orrefors glass for over a century. Orrefors continues to produce industrially made glass in addition to design objects of the absolute highest quality. With a focus on the artists, the innovative designs and styles of the 1920s guided the glassworks forward. Today’s artists and designers interpret their own era through glass.
Orrefors' history is the story of how the simplest of raw materials – lime, sand and soda – become magnificent glass objects. The forest was the fuel, the artists made Orrefors glass world-leading.