TONA series, Bengt Orup (Johanfors, 1957)


This series was designed by Bengt orup in 1957 for Johansfors. The name TONA means “fade”, and that’s the best thing about this series: the fading colours.

The series consists of an uncertain number of dishes, bowls and vases.

The TONA range was made in two different shades of green. This one I show here is the one most widely seen, the other one is a shade of olive/moss grayish green, from ehich i have only seen two.

15,3 x 14 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

15,3 x 10,6 cm. Signed: Johansfors Orup

10,3 x 11,7 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

14,6 x 16,5 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

21,5 x 5,5 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

29,3 x 7 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

37,5 x 9,5 cm. Signed: J-fors Orup

31 cm (diameter). Signed: J-fors Orup

21 x 12 cm. Unsigned.

Bengt Orup photographed with several TONA items.
Image taken from the Bengt Orup official website



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