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Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Goblets, Set of 2

Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Goblets, Set of 2

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Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Goblets, Set of 2
Intermezzo Blue is Erika Lagerbielke's hugely successful stemware and tableware series with the
familiar blue drop in the stem. When designing Intermezzo, Erika was fascinated by the interplay
between the austerity of the clear glass form and the life-giving blue drop - a drop that demands
attention without raising its voice.
Practically synonymous with Scandinavian modern, Intermezzo glassware is strikingly original. These
two tall, elegant goblets, like all Intermezzo pieces, feature the pattern's signature emblem: an
upside-down teardrop, in either black or cobalt blue, captured in the clear stem. Each glass stands
9-1/4 inches tall and feels beautifully balanced, with a deep bowl to hold either wine or water. Crafted
in Sweden of lead-free crystal, Intermezzo stemware typifies the high quality of collaboration between
the designer, in this case, Erika Lagerbielke, and skilled glassmakers. Orrefors glass is among the
most prized in the world, and each piece should be carefully washed by hand. --Ann Bieri From the
About the Designer: After studies in industrial design at the College of Arts, Crafts
and Design in Stockholm, Erika Lagerbielke, born in 1960, brought her special talents to Orrefors in
1982. For two decades she has designed glass for Orrefors that has won praise from critics and
customers alike. Among her major artistic successes are her Intermezzo, Merlot, and Difference
tableware, which have all won an Excellent Swedish Design award. Intermezzo has also received an
International Tabletop award and is one of Orrefors's bestselling services. Color and cut detail are
characteristic of Erika Lagerbielke's design, both in art glass and in the pieces she produces for the
Orrefors collection. Her track record lists such classics as Lancelot, Zodiak, and Rosebud. Of her
newest products, Ceremony, a set of festive glasses with prodigiously long stems, is especially worthy
of note.
About Kosta Boda: With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda
has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the
villages of Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand
together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at
Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass. Glass results from a great many meetings
between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive
role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the
skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to
the glass.The History of Kosta Boda: Kosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest
glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish
cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg
and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army
of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors
founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks.
The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two
country towns, and near a village that was then known as DÃ¥fvedshult. The main reason for choosing
this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally
required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day and night. Both of the founders wanted their
names to be remembered, so the works was christened Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko and Sta--of
the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time the entire community was renamed after the
growing glassworks. During the first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass,
including window glass for the building of Tessin's Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal
household, and chandeliers for churches. The first glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from
Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of the glassblowing families, which passed down craft
skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was used to manufacture crystal glass, but
nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sand contains iron oxide that
gives the glass a green tinge. Under the management of glass masters from Kosta, a succession of
glassworks sprang up in the forests of Småland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta
therefore has good reason to call itself the parent works of the entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal.
Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was designed by the glassblowers themselves.
At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which
led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by
Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and
designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta
Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work
closely together in the ongoing development of handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of
individual artistic expression and the free and uninhibited creative process have become the
distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand. In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta
Boda today includes the two "daughter works" of Boda (founded in 1864) and Ã…fors (founded in
1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Ã…fors were originally relatively simple
glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s,
under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell
Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica
Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a
renaissance to the small glassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former
competitor Orrefors. Orrefors/Kosta Boda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal
Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia was formed. The group also includes
Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard. Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in
Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors have made Kosta Boda one of Sweden's strongest brands and one of the
world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent
of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in the U.S., Japan,
Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed in the
glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of.
Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces: Handmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does
not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up
liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about
the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose
it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The
edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its
foot and make sure the edge does not come into contact with other glasses or objects.The Mark or
Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces: Products are marked with the words Kosta Boda, the name of the
artist, and the article number (seven digits). Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the
designer's and the painter's initials. Engraved pieces also have the engraver's signature near the
designer's name. Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also
free to work with art glass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by
collectors. Kosta Boda art glass is divided into two categories: unique pieces and limited editions.

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