Erika Lagerbielke (born 1960) studied industrial design at the University of Arts, Crafts & Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm. She is a professor in design at Linnaeus University, where she works with education and research in areas including the artefacts and culture of the meal, dining environments as generators of value, and the sustainable development of glass.
Lagerbielke began her collaboration with Orrefors in 1982, during her studies at the University of Arts, Crafts & Design, and had her major breakthrough with the Intermezzo collection already in 1984. Her most acclaimed special projects include the wedding gift to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Westling from the Swedish Parliament and government in 2010, Linnaeus University’s vice-chancellor chain in 2010, Hook of Sigrid for the Diocese of Växjö in 2011, and a special set for the Michelin restaurant Operakällaren in Stockholm in 2020.
Lagerbielke has received the Excellent Swedish Design award three times, for Orrefors Intermezzo in 1985, Orrefors Merlot in 1995 and Orrefors Difference in 2002 (special prize). For her Orrefors collections, she has also won a Formex Formidable award in Stockholm, International Tabletop Award in Dallas, and the Deco Home Award – Produkte des Jahres in Germany.
In addition, she has won the Prince Eugen Medal from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf for outstanding artistic achievement (2010), as well as the City of Stockholm St. Erik’s Medal (2014). Lagerbielke’s collections Intermezzo, Difference, Metropol, Beer, Merlot, Enjoy and More are currently in production for Orrefors.
"I design for all the senses," says Erika. The glass should emphasize the drink, have good balance and also be a delight to the eye. "
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