Erika Lagerbielke created a classic the year after she graduated from the University of Arts, Crafts & Design (Konstfack) in 1984. At that time, Intermezzo broke away from the colorless aesthetic that had been established in Sweden in the 1950s. Here was someone who wanted to make glass visible and fun, to allow it to be a statement-making element of a table setting. Instead of stepping away from Orrefors’ legacy of beauty and tradition of craftsmanship,
Lagerbielke took them both a step further. Intermezzo’s wine glasses, drinking glasses and carafe, which are all still mouth-blown in Småland, were at the time more sensual than what past generations had been able, or dared, to make. And sealed into the glass, rising up from the surface of the table, is a teardrop-shaped mystery. A small, but characteristic detail fascinating enough to inspire a conversation at any time. It has been doing just that for decades – Intermezzo is aesthetic sustainability.
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