HJERTEVASER, Sidse Werner (Holmegaard, 1971)


I absolutely love this vase! I first saw it in the Taschen 70′s Decorative Arts book (and wished I had one at once) and years later I found it in a Swedish shop.

It was designed by Sidse Werner in 1971 -according to the label, mine’s made in 1972- and it was her first design for Homegaard. It was made in three sizes (22, 16 and 11 cm. – this is the 22 cm. tall) and four colours: yellow, brown, white and clear. It clearly follows the style of the SAVOY vase by Alvar Aalto, but it really has the unique looks of the 1970s.

ref.53 03 20. 22 x 16,5 cm. Signed: HOLMEGAARD SW. With label HG 12.


FLAMINGO series, Per Lütken (Holmegaard, 1953)


Looking at Lütken’s work one realizes this was the first series made using the sommerso technique, which appears in no more than ten of his designs, using in them very few colours: purple, blue, green, white or gray glass.

What’s really special from this series (and the BISON series) is the the visual effect created by refraction that makes you think there’s black glass inside, but there’s just green and clear glass in this design.

It is also one of the first “sculptorial” designs he ever created.

The series consists of four items: two orquid vases, simmilar in shape but of a different size (ref. 16028 for the one standing around 14 cm. tall and ref. 16029 for the one around 24 cm. tall), a third orquid vase with no base (ref. 16394, around 34 cm long), and an ashtray (ref. 16590). In 1956 a version of the bowl was made using white and clear glass.

ref. 16029. 23 cm. Signed: HOLMEGAARD 19PL58

ref. 16028. 15,5cm. Signed: HOLMEGAARD 19PL59

ref. 16590. 11,5 x 14 x 10 cm. Unsigned.

9 x 20 x 10,6 cm. Unsigned.

Bengt ORUP (1916-1996)


BENGT ORUP (1916-1996) was born in Lindesberg, Sweden, and trained as a painter, attending the Colarossi and Grande Chaumière Academies in Paris between 1933 and 1938. He is considered one of the pioneers of Swedish post-war modernism, and as early as 1946 he was already experimenting with stripped down, geometric assemblages related to l’art concret. Around 1950 he created a series of concrete  paintings displaying a simple interplay between geometric shapes and sharp contrasts that, along with his work of the later decades, take him to a leading  position among Scandinavian concretists.

In 1952, Bengt Orup became artistic director for Johansfors Glass Works in Småland, where he worked until 1962 and later between 1967 and 1973. He designed everday glassware (services, bowls, vases and decanters, many of which are now classics, such as those belongig to the Party, Bar, Strikt orStripe series, as well as art glass, both in series (such as Tona, Stromboli or Spontana) or unique glass pieces.

Between 1963 and 1966 he was a designer for Hyllinge Glasbruk, near Helsinborg. And he stoped working with glass in the 1970s.

His career as a glass artist took him to the position of guest lecturer at the Royal Collage of Art in London in 1968, although je was an accomplished painter and had a succesful career as such.

Image taken from the Bengt Orup official website

Vase with blue bubbles underlay. Gunnar Nylund (Strömbergshyttan 1970-1975)


This vase is signed Strömberg B894 and shows a great display of both blue and clear bubbles. Whereas the shape is a design by Gunnar Nylund, the decoration was developed by Asta Strömberg around 1970 and was used in special collections in both small series or unic items. There is only one model with this decoration in the 1972 catalogue, so I guess this one must have been done bewteen 1973 and 1975.