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Kosta Boda

Sweden’s oldest glass company, Kosta Boda, also enjoys a reputation as the country’s most artistic and experimental glassmaker. Since the late 19th century, Kosta Boda has hired painters, sculptors and other artists for short stints — generally two or three years — designing glassware, ensuring that the firm’s aesthetic is always lively and fresh.

Two former army officers founded Kosta Boda in 1742 in Sweden’s densely forested Småland province. (Plentiful timber was needed as fuel for the melting furnaces.) The glassworks’ early products consisted of everyday glassware, such as drinking vessels and windowpanes. As the company recruited master craftsmen from Bohemia, it created fine crystal for an aristocratic clientele.

Kosta Boda began making art glass — that is, unique and limited edition pieces — with the hiring of the painter Gunnar Wennerberg in 1898. Wennerberg worked in the Art Nouveau style and brought a lush, organic look to the company’s wares. He was followed to the firm by artists such as Edvin Ollers, who in the early- 20th century created rich geometric and abstract floral patterns that were engraved on clear crystal.

Two post-war Kosta Boda designers stand foremost in the minds of collectors. One is Vicke Lindstrand, who excelled at a technique called cased glass, in which a vividly colored or patterned section of glass is surrounded by and seems to float within a clear crystal body. The other is Erik Höglund, who had an almost artisanal eye for glass shapes, and liked to produce glass that had a textured, warped look. As you will see from the many pieces available on 1stDibs, Kosta Boda created works in an astonishing array of styles, with something to suit any taste.

Vintage Barware Cocktail, Martini or Champagne Coupe Glasses by Kosta, Set of 3
By Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of three (3) rare vintage Kosta Boda crystal cocktail, martini or Champagne coupe glasses, circa mid-20th century, Sweden. With maker's mark in two places; label as s...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Kosta Boda

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Crystal

Pair of Crystal Glass Votive Candleholders by Ravenhead, England
By Kosta Boda
Located in Rijssen, NL
This pair of votive candleholders designed by by Ravenhead, England are heavy, substantial and gorgeous. Inspired by nature. Also gorgeous on a holiday table! Quite heavy, excelle...
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1970s Swedish Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Glass

Pendant Lamp by Einar Backström & Erik Höglund for Boda Glasbruck, Sweden, 1960s
By Einar Backstrom, Kosta Boda, Erik Hoglund
Located in London, GB
1960s Sweden suspension or pendant lamp, designed by Einar Backström and Erik Höglund for the glassmaker Boda Glasbruk (later known as Kosta Boda). The enamel painted metal frame sh...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Kosta Boda

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Metal

Vase and Jug Erik Höglund Boda, Sweden
By Erik Hoglund, Kosta Boda
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful jug and vase designed by Erik Höglund, Sweden. The green glass is filled with air bubbles which is significant of Erik. They are both in very good condition. And the vas...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Glass

Scandinavian Design Glass Bowl by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda, 1980s
By Kjell Engman, Kosta Boda
Located in Bochum, NRW
A beautiful, large, colorful glass bowl with foot, designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda. Excellent condition Dimensions: Diameter 31.5 cm Height 27cm.  
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1980s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Art Glass

Set of Three Kosta Boda Paperweights Mushrooms and Owl by Lindstrand and Warff
By Göran Wärff, Vicke Lindstrand, Kosta Boda
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Set of three paperweights by Kosta Boda, Sweden. This set includes two mushroom paperweights designed by Goran Warff, and one owl paperweight designed by Vicke Lindstrand. All are si...
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1970s Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Glass

Kjell Engman Kosta Boda Catwalk Frosted Glass Vase Sweden Scandinavian Modern
By Kjell Engman, Kosta Boda
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern catwalk frosted art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda made in Sweden. Engraved at the bottom and numbered, 7048838. The original label is placed...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Kosta Boda

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Art Glass

Kjell Engman For Kosta Boda Swedish Modern 'Fossil' Art Glass Vase
By Kosta Boda, Kjell Engman
Located in New York, NY
Swedish modern "Fossil" art glass vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda. The piece is signed on the underside: "Kosta Boda K. Engman 40013." In great vintage condition with ag...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Kosta Boda

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Art Glass

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Kosta Boda Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kosta Boda Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Kosta Boda Furniture collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 101 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Kosta Boda were created in Scandinavian modern style during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Upsala Ekeby, Carl-Harry Stålhane and Stig Lindberg. Kosta Boda Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $120 and tops out at $7,500, while pieces like these can sell for $850 on average.