Orrefors The Swedish glass industry was born about 250 years ago, not far from Orrefors - only about 20 kilometers as the crow flies. In the summer of 1742 the first glassworks, warehouse, potash furnace and smithy were inaugurated in which is now the small village of Kosta. Handblown glass has thus been produced in this part of Sweden for more than two and a half centuries. The story of Orrefors begins with Iron and the forest. As early as 1726, Lars Johan Silversparre received permission to build a furnace and a smithy at "the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orrenas". The iron works was given the name Orrefors, which means "the Orre waterfall". In the early years, output comprised both simple types of glassware, such as jars, table glass, lampshades and perfume vials, and large pieces. Expertise in more complex technology was acquired by recruiting workers from other glassworks, such as Kosta, and from the Continent. A group of skilled craftsmen rapidly collected around Orrefors, and in a short time the glassworks acquired the expertise that paved the way for its future success.
Erika Lagerbielke After studies in industrial design at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, which included winning a coveted Orrefors scholarship year in 1982, Erika Lagerbielke committed her special talents to the company. For more than two decades, she has designed glass for Orrefors that wins praise from critics and collectors alike. Erika has produced a body of work in sculpture, art and functional glass collections that connect the enduring Orrefors traditions of elegance and innovation in design with contemporary styles and tastes: rich color and bold cut detail are characteristic of her designs. Among Erika`s major artistic successes are her Intermezzo, Merlot and Difference stemware, all of which have won Excellent Swedish Design awards. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm; Rohasska Museum of Applied Arts and other collections worldwide.