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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Ariel Bowl by Edvin Öhrström
By Orrefors, Edvin Öhrström
Ariel Bowl by Edvin Öhrström
Orrefors, Edvin Öhrström
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Attractive bowl in the "Ariel" technique by Edvin Öhrström for Orrefors, Sweden.
Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Cache Tray and Votive
Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Cache Tray and Votive
Orrefors, Vicke Lindstrand
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories
Art Glass
Wonderful pair of Orrefors midcentury clear glass cache tray/candy bowl/ashtray and votice/cup designed by Vicke Lindstrand (Swedish, 1904-1983), 1957. Each piece engraved "Orrefors." C...
Nils Landberg Elongated "Tulip" Vase
By Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Nils Landberg Elongated "Tulip" Vase
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Delicate and ethereal 'Tulipglas' vase with dramatically elongated, fluting body on a slender column and flaring base. Rose/clear coloration. Designed by Nils Landberg and produced by O...
Ingeborg Lundin Ariel Bowl
By Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Ingeborg Lundin Ariel Bowl
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
Glass
Ingeborg Lundin blue Ariel bowl for Orrefors. Signed.
Swedish Mid-Century Modern Translucent Handblown R...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
This refined vase was handblown by the renowned Swedish design company, Orrefors, circa 1965. It features a rippled body, replete with sinuous curves, and a scalloped top. It has the su...
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Organic Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glas...
Nils Landberg for Orrefors
By Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Nils Landberg for Orrefors
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
Stunning handblown, art glass vases by Nils Landberg for Orrefors in grey-green hues, signed.
Orrefors Ingeborg Lundin Glass Apple Vase, 1957
Orrefors Ingeborg Lundin Glass Apple Vase, 1957
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
Orrefors Ingeborg Lundin's "Apple" is a hand blown clear glass vase designed for Milan Triennial Exhibition in 1957. Orrefors believes this piece is one of the best illustrations of the...
Nils Landberg Orrefors Tulpanglas, 1957
By Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Nils Landberg Orrefors Tulpanglas, 1957
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects
Blown Glass
Nils Landberg 'Tulpanglas' designed in 1956, produced in 1957 by Orrefors. The delicately tinted glasses are blown as a single piece and incised with designer's and maker's marks. They ...
Three Rare Per Sundberg "Soft" Large Vessels for ...
Orrefors, Per B. Sundberg
Vintage 1980s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
Stunning blown satin glass vases by noted glass artist Per Sundberg called "Soft", circa 1989-1990 and created for Sweden's Orrefors. Beautiful satin finish with swirling colors on each...
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glass...
Group of Three Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Glass Vases by Asta Stomberg, Orrefors
Group of Three Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Glass Va...
Asta Strömberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
A fine group of three Orrefors Sputnik vases. Originally designed and produced by stromberghyttan by Asta and Gerda Stromberg in mid-20th century. Orrefors acquired stromberghytta...
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures
Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glass...
Six Sided Fish Graal Art Glass Vase by Edvin Ohrstrom
Six Sided Fish Graal Art Glass Vase by Edvin Ohrst...
Edward Hald, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Vases and Vessels
Heavy crystal six-sided art glass piece in Graal technique, with internally decoration of fish and seaweed. Signed on bottom, Orrefors Graal 1102M Edward Hald. Made by Orrefors.
Swedish Crystal Petal Bowl
Swedish Crystal Petal Bowl
Orrefors
Vintage 1970s Swedish Bowls and Baskets
Swedish crystal petal bowl with six sides designed by Lars Hellsten for Orrefor. This piece has Orrefor sticker.
Two Nils Landberg Glass Vases, Orrefors, Sweden, S...
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
Two large hand-forged clear and neutral green mid-century modern glass vases. Designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, made in Sweden, circa 1960. The smaller vase a mineral trace marks....
1966 Ingaborg Lundin Orrefors Sweden Limited Editi...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Fine limited edition vase designed by Ingaborg Lundin for the Orrefors Exposition (Expo) series of glass as art. Bulbous form and geometric abstract surface decoration measuring approx....
Mid-Century Modern Orrefors Crystal Bowl Sculpture...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Crystal
Elegant vintage modernist crystal sculpture, centerpiece bowl by Orrefors, Sweden, circa 1960s. Beautiful and heavy shaped crystal half sphere on square pedestal. Pedestal bears a facto...
Glass Bowl Candy Dish by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors
Glass Bowl Candy Dish by Vicke Lindstrand for Orre...
Orrefors, Vicke Lindstrand
20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bowls and Baskets
Glass
Glass bowl candy dish by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors.
Nils Landberg Orrefors Expo Vase, circa 1950s
Nils Landberg Orrefors Expo Vase, circa 1950s
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Vases and Vessels
Glass
Orrefors Expo tulip vase designed by Nils Landberg. Signed. Nils Landberg (Swedish, 1907-1991)- Nils Landberg studied at the Konstindustrieskolen in Gotenborg from 1923 to 1925 and t...
Orrefors Vase
By Orrefors
Orrefors Vase
Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Ariel girl and dove vase by Edvin Öhrström for Orrefors of blue, silver and clear glass. Signed and dated.
Clear Octagonal Orrefors Blown and Cut-Glass Vase. Signed Orrefors 1946, Sweden
Clear Octagonal Orrefors Blown and Cut-Glass Vase....
Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Cut Glass
A beautiful clear octagonal blown and cut-glass Orrefors vase. Signed Orrefors, 1946, Sweden. The vase is simple in its form yet very elegant. A discrete beauty The glass has...
Tulip Vase by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, 1957
Tulip Vase by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, 1957
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Elegant "tulip" vase by Nils Landberg for Orrefors in grey smoke glass. Etched on bottom Orrefors Expo Nu 312-57.
Large and Unique "Expo" Vase by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors
Large and Unique "Expo" Vase by Sven Palmqvist for...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Vintage 1950s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Orrefors expo vases were all unique examples created expressly for expositions and competition, by Orrefors top artists. This example, while simple in form and color, is exceptional due...
Nils Landberg "Tulip" Vase
By Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Nils Landberg "Tulip" Vase
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Delicate and ethereal 'Tulipglas' vase with flaring bowl on a slender, tapering column. Red/blue coloration. Designed by Nils Landberg and produced by Orrefors, Sweden, circa 1957. Engr...
Signed Orrefors Vintage Banded Striped Crystal Glass Bowl
Signed Orrefors Vintage Banded Striped Crystal Gla...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Crystal
This stunning and vibrant cobalt blue and sage brown striped banded glass Swedish Orrefors vintage crystal glass bowl has the original sticker on it from the time of the 1960s. This is ...
Pair of Candleholders in Crystal by Orrefors, Sweden
Pair of Candleholders in Crystal by Orrefors, Swed...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Crystal
A pair of candleholders shaped like flowers by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors. Signed in the bottom. See other listing for a similar pair but slightly smaller.
Pair of Candleholders in Crystal by Orrefors Sweden
Pair of Candleholders in Crystal by Orrefors Swede...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Crystal
A pair of candleholders shaped like flowers by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors, Sweden. Signed in the bottom. See other listing for a similar pair but slightly larger.
Small Orrefors Vase Bowl
Small Orrefors Vase Bowl
Orrefors
Early 2000s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
This is a vintage small Orrefors vase signed and numbered on the underside.
Crystal Bud Vase, Orrefors, Sweden
Crystal Bud Vase, Orrefors, Sweden
Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Vases and Vessels
Crystal
Mid-Century crystal bud vase. Never used and still in original box. Retains original marking sticker.
Modernist Cut Crystal Vase by Orrefors
Modernist Cut Crystal Vase by Orrefors
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
This gorgeous vase features a clean modern design with a border on top of diamond cut detailing in a great geometric pattern. This piece is a great accent as well as functional piece wh...
Mid-Century Style Teardrop Yin and Yang Crystal Vo...
Orrefors
Early 2000s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
These teardrop crystal votive holders feature a yin and yang teardrop design. They are signed Orrefors and are in excellent condition.
Orrefors Glass Tornado Bowl
Orrefors Glass Tornado Bowl
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
Orrefors glass Tornado bowl was designed by Jan Johansson. Highly sculptural decorative object. Please visit our 1stdibs storefront for other interesting holiday gift ideas.
Orrefors "Crown" Heavy Crystal Bowl
Orrefors "Crown" Heavy Crystal Bowl
Orrefors
Vintage 1970s Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
An interesting heavy crystal bowl by "Orrefors", Sweden. Signed with paper label.
Orrefors Dusk Tall Vase by Nils Landberg
Orrefors Dusk Tall Vase by Nils Landberg
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Two elegantly tall, handblown glass vases designed by Nils Landberg in 1956 for Orrefors. A delicate, sultry example of Scandinavian modern table top elements. Hand etched signage on th...
Nils Landberg Cased Glass Vase for Orrefors
Nils Landberg Cased Glass Vase for Orrefors
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Sommerso
Circa 1950s smoked glass vase, cased within a clear layer by Nils Landberg for Orrefors of Sweden. Markings include [Orrefors NU 3595/2] etched to bottom. Very good vintage condition wi...
Beautiful Orrefors Crystal Bowl, Signed and Numbered, Lars Hellsten
Beautiful Orrefors Crystal Bowl, Signed and Number...
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
Crystal
This Orrefors art bowl is flower shaped, heavy and in perfect condition. It is signed and numbered on the bottom, and is probably by designer Lars Hellsten.
Swedish Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefor...
Orrefors, Vicke Lindstrand
Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Wonderful "Stella Polaris" vase designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors, manufactured in Sweden in the 1940s. The Stella Polaris series was introduced in 1939. The star-shaped diffusi...
Midcentury Swedish Mahogany Phone by Teli with Orr...
Orrefors, Teli
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories
Crystal, Mahogany
Midcentury Swedish Mahogany Phone by Teli with Orrefors Crystal
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modernist Handblown Vase by O...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modernist handblown vase by Orrefors of Sweden. This piece is detailed with a very sophisticated pattern of "bubbles" throughout. A lovely decorative piece on its...
Nils Landberg 'Sommerso' Smoked Charcoal Cased Vase for Orrefors
Nils Landberg 'Sommerso' Smoked Charcoal Cased Vas...
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
A Swedish vintage 'sommerso' glass vase, produced circa 1950's -60's by designer Nils Landberg (1907-1991) for Orrefors, with smoked charcoal interior, cased within a clear layer. Marki...
Large Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors Art Glass Bowl...
Orrefors
Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bowls and Baskets
Large Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors Art Glass Bowl, Sweden, C. 1940
Scandinavian Modern Art Deco etched glass vase by ...
Orrefors, Hugo Gehlin
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Art Glass, Ash
Scandinavian Modern Art Deco glass vase with etched design of stylized tree branches and circles. The vase is on a cone shaped foot in a transparent smokey ash colored glass. Designed b...
Set of Orrefors Vase's
By Orrefors, Olle Alberius
Set of Orrefors Vase's
Orrefors, Olle Alberius
Swedish Vases and Vessels
Glass
set of 3 Orrefors Vase's,designed by Olle Alberius 10"h x 3"dia.
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