Vicke Lindstrand

Legendary Swedish designer Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) began his career at glass manufacturers Orrefors in 1928, were he worked alongside Edward Hald and Simon Gate. He made his debut as designer at the Stockholm World Fair in 1930. For this, he received great attention from international design publications. Lindstrand added new artistic dimensions to the already famous Orrefors glass with his unique designs and revitalization of classic forms and techniques. During his time at Orrefors he worked on engraved glass and Graal vases. With sculptor Edvin …Öhrström he developed the new Ariel technique. Orrefors could not afford to keep Lindstrand during the war and between 1943 and 1950 he became creative leader at Uppsala Ekeby, working with ceramic. During this period he designed many different stoneware objects ranging from pots to figural sculptures. After this brief flirt with ceramics he went back to glass at Kosta in the 1950s, now as a mature artist. He was the dominant artist at the factory and made numerous classic vases there. At Kosta, Lindstrand started to use more colours in his glass designs. Lindstrand stayed with Kosta for 23 years. Lindstrand was also a skilled textile and graphic designer and kept on working as a painter throughout his lengthy career.