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Along with Kosta Boda, Orrefors is considered to be one of the most
significant contributors to the Swedish glassmaking tradition. Originating in
the rural south of Sweden, Orrefors glass has a history that spans over two
Glassmaking was already a tradition in the region of Orrefors as early as
the 18th century, with producers creating a range of relatively utilitarian
glassware for the local communities. Orrefors glass grew into prominence in
the early 20th century when glassmakers and artists began to collaborate on
innovative art glass pieces.
It was these highly finessed and elegantly-engraved pieces that
accelerated Orrefor's notoriety, particularly as they began showcasing their
works at international exhibitions. Over the decades, Orrefors welcomed
some of the most acclaimed Swedish designers of the day. From Nils
Landberg and his Tylip Glass in the '50s to Gunnar Cyran's '60s Pop Glass,
Orrefors ensured the consistent quality of their pieces combined with their
unrelenting attention to contemporary trends.
The village of Orrefors took root in 1726 when an ambitious
ironsmith Lars Johan Silversparre set up shop there. Choosing the location in
part for the area's waterways, Silversparre named the area Orrefors, which
translates to "Orre waterfall"
Ingeborg Lundin was the first female designer to be hired by Orrefors,
joining the team in 1947. One of her most treasured creations was the Apple
The '80s witnessed the arrival of the Orrefors Gallery, a new collection
of art glass pieces offered only in limited editions and designed to showcase
the talents of the company's contemporary designers