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Orrefors Furniture

Orrefors (Sweden)

The Swedish design philosophy of “beautiful things for everyday life” is actualized in the 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 1930’s. 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 these pages, there is a special aesthetic quality to Orrefors glass. Whether a vase or a set of wine goblets, the work of this premier Swedish company represents the apex of functional artistry.

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Pair of Crystal Pendant Lights by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of clear textured crystal lights in two halves held with brass hardware. 1950s. By Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden. Total drop including canopy is 22 inches. Glass is 10 inc...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Sweden Crystal Pendant
By Orrefors
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Brass, Art Glass

Pair of Smoked Glass Lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Glass

Orrefors Crystal Chandelier by Carl Fagerlund
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Hingham, MA
Mid-Century Swedish chandelier by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors in eight pie-slices with brass fittings and crystal canopy cover.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Orrefors Crystal Ceiling Light by Carl Fagerlund
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Hingham, MA
Crystal and brass flush mount ceiling light by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden, early 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Vintage Swedish Chandelier by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Hingham, MA
Large eight panel crystal chandelier with brass fittings and embellishments by Carl Fagerlund, for Orrefors, Sweden, circa 1950.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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Brass

Carl Fagerlund Gold Tinted Crystal Pendant for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Hingham, MA
A Swedish crystal pendant light with brass hardware by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden. Late 1940's - early 1950's. The glass in this particular example happens to have a gol...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Orrefors Furniture

Carl Fagerlund Crystal Pendant for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s Swedish Vintage Orrefors Furniture

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