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Orrefors

The Swedish design philosophy of “beautiful things for everyday life” is actualized in the vintage glassware of Orrefors. Founded in 1898, this glass manufacturer was one of the leading companies in the Scandinavian modernism movement and is revered by collectors for the fine craftsmanship and innovation of its superlative art glass.

Orrefors began making art glass — works that, distinct from mass-production pieces, are made in small numbers to showcase the skills and talents of artists and artisans — in 1913. Two of the first artists hired by the firm were Simon Gate and Edward Hald, who worked initially in the organic Art Nouveau style, and later proved adept with the geometric imagery of the Art Deco period.

Hald and Gate worked closely with glassblowers to refine traditional glassmaking methods, creating new materials such as "graal" glass. In the graal technique a design made with colored glass is encased in layers of transparent glass, preserving the image while the overall glass form is worked and shaped. Orrefors won an international following when it presented such pieces in Paris in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair whose name gave rise to the term Art Deco.

In the years following that success, Orrefors attracted more dynamic and experimental artists such as Vicke Lindstrand and Edvin Ohrström, who joined the company in the 1930s. Lindstrand and Ohstrom worked with glassblowers to create the "ariel" glass technique, an innovation that produces deeper, richer imagery that seems to morph and flow as light is refracted by the glass.

As you will see from the items offered on 1stDibs, there is a special aesthetic quality to vintage Orrefors glass. Whether a vase or a set of wine goblets, the work of this premier Swedish company represents the apex of functional artistry.

Average Sold Price
$2,444
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Orrefors Flushmount, Glass Shade and Brass Frame, 1960, Sweden
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Bronx, NY
Mid-20th century Orrefors flush mount from Sweden, 1960s in all vintage condition with two European candelabra sockets. The shade is a thick clear Orrefors domed cast crystal with an...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Orrefors

Materials

Crystal

1960s Green Art Glass in Hexagonal Shaped Pendant by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Great art-glass pendant designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors in Sweden in the 1960's. Inside the green hexagonal outer shade is an heavy clear art glass cilinder. Both glass s...
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1960s European Scandinavian Modern Vintage Orrefors

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Brass

Swedish Midcentury Wall Lamps / Sconces by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful wall lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden. The lamps consist of a crystal glass block fixture on a brass bottom. 5 pieces available. Condition: Very good origina...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Orrefors

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Brass

1 of the 12 Brass Wall Scones Fagerlund, 1960
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Rijssen, NL
A beautiful large set of high end wall lights with one glass shade and brass frame. The light fixtures are produced in the 1960s by the iconic firm of Orrefors and designed by Carl F...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors

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Brass

  • 1 of the 12 Brass Wall Scones Fagerlund, 1960
  • 1 of the 12 Brass Wall Scones Fagerlund, 1960
  • 1 of the 12 Brass Wall Scones Fagerlund, 1960
  • 1 of the 12 Brass Wall Scones Fagerlund, 1960
H 10.48 in. W 5.24 in. D 5.24 in.
Mid-Century Modern Crystal Votive Candleholder Goran Wärff for Orrefors, Sweden
By Orrefors
Located in Bochum, NRW
Pair of crystal votive candleholder Goran Wärff for Orrefors, Sweden. A pair of stylish tea light holders cube shape, suggestively named "Ice Cube". In their original box. In excell...
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1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors

Materials

Crystal

Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Crystal Bubble Textured Swedish Wall Light, 1950s
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Stunning bubble textured crystal wall sconce by Swedish designer Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Glasbruk. Manufactured in the small town of Orrefors in Sweden in the 1950s. Beautifully ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Orrefors

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Crystal, Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pair Orrefors Sconces Flush Mount Glass Brass Fixture
By Orrefors
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair of Mid-Century Modern, sconces or flush mount fixtures or as pendants, designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors in Sweden during the 1960s. The gray-green, almost eme...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Orrefors Swedish 1950s Crystal Wall Lights
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful set of 1950s Swedish glass and aged brass wall lights designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors. Newly Rewired.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors

Materials

Brass

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Orrefors Sellers

Balder Design
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Ryszard Chwastyk
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VN Vintage & Modern
5.0
Authentic Provence Inc
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Galerie Mobler
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Orrefors furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Orrefors furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Orrefors furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 55 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Orrefors were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Carl Fagerlund, Hans-Agne Jakobsson and Uno & sten Kristiansson if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Orrefors furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $125 and tops out at $24,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,212 on average.

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