Permanent Glass Objects in the Swedish Glass Museum

At the Swedish Glass Museum there are permanent glass objects that have been donated to the museum. The objects are listed below.

Glass sculptures
Designer: Lars Hellsten, 1933
Hellsten worked at the glassworks in Skruv from 1964-72 and came to Orrefors in 1972. There he worked as a designer until 2005.
The four glass sculptures were cast in Orrefors during the 1970s and 1980s.

The two-part glass sculpture is called “Broken Heart” and the shell-like sculpture is called “Mussel”. The square with colour is called “TV set”. The round piece with colour actually has no name, but Lars Hellsten describes it as a “Cast disc”.

“Halds brunn”
Designer: Edward Hald, 1962
The well was created in 1962 for the inauguration of the rebuilt Småland Museum/the Swedish Glass Museum, and was designed by glass designer Edward Hald.
The parts of the well have two different origins. Some of the glass details were collected together by Edward Hald and the museum’s caretaker Lennart Bernstein (probably from the museum’s collection), while others were brought by Hald from Orrefors glassworks.

The decoration in the well consists of crushed glass and cast blocks of unknown origin; traffic light glass and AGA glass manufactured at Gullaskruf glassworks; a cast head with horns, and two cast blocks, designed by Erik Höglund at Boda glassworks; a “Sandvikastjärna”, i.e. a pressed candlestick, made at Sandvik glassworks, and 14 “leaves” (one of which is missing) for Venetian glass chandeliers, manufactured at Orrefors glassworks.

Mosaic wall
Constructed by Viktor “Vicke” Lindstrand, 1962. Kosta Glassworks.
The mosaic tiles were manufactured at Kosta Glassworks, and were a gift to Småland Museum/the Swedish Glass Museum for the inauguration of the museum’s rebuilding in 1962.

Light catcher
Designer: Göran Wärff, 1994. Kosta Glassworks

 Designer: Anna Ehrner, 1986. Kosta Glassworks

Quote from the exhibition catalogue, Kosta Boda’s sixth sense: “They should stop, walk around, see how the different ribs cross each other and interplay, how the light becomes different. I want them to be happy, not reverential. I think it has quite a lot of opportunities to adapt to how people feel. Perhaps some of them are in a good mood from the madness of combining such brittle glass with such hard stone. But I primarily want it to be an aesthetic experience.”

“With God On Our Side” (climbing glass figures)
Designer: Thommy Bremberg, 2000

Made in a collaboration between Bremberg’s Härdsmältan blowing room and Jan-Erik Ritzman’s blowing room in Transjö.
The decoration was inaugurated during Culture Night 2000 to the song “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” by The Moody Blues.

“With God on Our Side” is dedicated to Thommy Bremberg’s father, Gösta Bremberg.

Glass window
Designed by Jörgen Lindgren, manufactured at Lindshammar Glassworks in 1962.
The glass window was a gift from Lindshammar Glassworks, created for the inauguration of the rebuilding of Småland Museum/the Swedish Glass Museum in 1962.

“Kronobergs län”
Designed by Nils Landberg, 1941
Set to the left of the stairs up to the former restaurant at Stadshotellet in Växjö. Ordered by Orrefors for the refurbishment in the early 1940s.

The glass wall was discovered by the agent Rune Palm, when he bought the former premises of Nystrand Glassmästeri at the junction of Norra Järnvägsgatan and Kungsgatan in 1970. The piece probably ended up there during the restoration and rebuilding of Stadshotellet in the late 1960s.

In 1996, Palm donated the glass wall to Småland Museum.

Sculptural blocks
 Designer: Erik Höglund, 1962
The blocks were a gift from Boda Glassworks for the inauguration of the rebuilding of Småland Museum/the Swedish Glass Museum in 1962.

“Future jump”
 Designer: Kjell Engman, 1991.
The decoration was specially made in 1991 at Kosta Glassworks to frame a doorway in Residenset in Växjö.

Donated by Residenset in Växjö, 2001.

All permanent glass objects can be found at the Swedish Glass Museum.