Carat – candle lantern
With inspiration from jewels and precious stones, Lena Bergström has renewed the cut crystal with the glass series Carat. The distinctive and unique asymmetric grinding reflects our contemporary times but also smells of Nordic romance. The low glittering lanterns are like little jewels.
Designed by Lena Bergström, who is one of Sweden’s most award-winning and productive designers. Art glass, work glass, lighting, textiles, jewelry and public decorations. Nothing seems impossible to her. Lena’s art glass clearly shows her fascination with polished crystal. Together with Kosta Boda’s skilled glassblowers and grinders, she constantly pushes the boundaries of glass.
“I want them to take over the room and sparkle in their splendor. They have been given an asymmetrical grinding where the original shape of the vases is ‘eaten up’ by the ground.”
Lena Bergström, born in Umeå in 1961, has studied design in Japan, Finland, Belgium and England, among others, and has a master’s degree in textiles from Konstfack in Stockholm. She started working as a designer for Orrefors already in 1994 and, in parallel, has continued to develop her role as a textile designer for, among others, Klässbols, Design House and Designer’s Eye. Bergström is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums all over the world and she has received numerous awards, including about fifteen that recognized her glass design for Orrefors.
“The unique properties of the glass and the craftsmanship of the glassblowers inspire me to try to achieve fantastic works, but at the same time I want the final products to be naturally beautiful.”
For Orrefors, Lena Bergström has, among others, designed the series Carat (awarded with the Elle Interiörs Design prize 2010), Squeeze (Outstanding Swedish Form 1997) and Puck (Outstanding Swedish Form 1999).