Ingegerd Råman
— ambassador of clear glass
"Clear glass is the material I love best," says Ingegerd Råman, an employee of Orrefors glassworks since December 1999. "It puts itself into play by refracting the light. A tiny object can be just as significant as a giant one can! It is my passion, which is why my design language and I fit in so well at Orrefors. The glassworks offers assets and resources I look forward to working with."

Timelessness and simplicity are ideal words to describe her creations. Low-key, but pure — she makes objects that she likes herself. They are practical objects related to food, drink and table settings. She aims for intensified purity and focus, but a maintained sense of passion and beauty in the object — otherwise, simplicity and purity become a pitfall. "A jar with a lid is just a jar with a lid. There has to be warmth, consideration, ideas and poetry behind it," Råman explains.

"The combination of form and function is exciting. Making a form with precision is incredibly hard — you can never cheat. The object has to live up to what it radiates. Brilliance and care have a position to defend! The ability to develop this aspect of glass is what separates Orrefors from other glassworks."

Råman is qualitative and well balanced while being creative and putting great care into her work. Her Orrefors glass will make its first appearance in May. At the Stockholm New York exhibit, she will show four new product families: Slowfox, Tanteralla, Skyline and Babusjka. All are manufactured at Sandviks glassworks in Hovmantorp, Sweden, which specialises in light, thin glass. Orrefors has owned the works since 1918.

Slowfox are cylindrical vases and bowls with various sand-blasted patterns and glass graffiti. Tanteralla is a carafe for sherry or liqueur with a matching glass. Skyline is a series of vases of three heights, decorated with thin sanding cuts. Babusjka is a series of nesting bowls in four sizes for main dishes and desserts, made of sand-blasted and clear glass. With the little pitcher in the middle, the Babusjka series forms a flower to make a poetic whole.

Ingegerd Råman (b. 1943) is a potter trained by the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm. She previously worked as a glass designer at Johansfors and later Skrufs glassworks. She is one of the most qualified glass designers in Sweden, with a perspective that fits the Orrefors brand well. The Swedish government has named Ingegerd Råman a professor.


http://www.orrefors.se

http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/ingegerdraman/

 


Scandinavia


Bukowskis in Stockholm has got the honour to sell important items from Arne Jacobsen´s Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.
The autumn "Moderna" sale at Bukowski´s in Stockholm, November 7-9 2000, will include 30-40 items comprising various articles and furniture from the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Bukowski offers a unique opportunity to buy original furnishings from this famous hotel, from doorhandel, furniture and bedside tables to a unique blue-patterned rug or a Drop chair in brown leather.

The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen is considered as one of Arne Jacobsen´s most important works. There was a lively debate when the project was initiated in 1956, with concern that the building would dominate its surroundings excessively. The most concerned voices were however reassured with the appointment of Arne Jacobsen as the architect.
The hotel consists of two sections. The lower, horizontal, section contains the lobby, restaurants and airport terminal. The upper, tall, section has accommodation on 22 floors. Arne Jacobsen created a total environment in the Royal Hotel in which he designed everything, from the doorstops to the AJ cutlery in the dining room. However, the latter was eventually replaced with more traditional designs because the guests complained that they were uncomfortable to eat with.
It is remarkable that so many of the products designed for the Royal Hotel are still in production. Several, such as the Egg and Swan chairs and the various versions of the AJ lamp, are today regarded as Contemporary Furniture Classics. Several generations of Egg and Swan armchairs have been worn out in the hotel and replaced with new ones. There have been no original chairs in the hotel for a long time now. However, the lobby still has Egg and Swan chairs upholstered in fabric. Jacobsen designed a number of models that were made exclusively for the hotel and not manufactured subsequently, such as the Egg in sofa form, the Drop chair and the Giraffe dining chair.

The interiors
The hotel has 275 rooms and a number of suites, with an ingenious arrangement that allows various elements to be fixed to a dado panel, for example the bedside table with drawer, shelf, radio or dressing table unit with mirror. The head of the bed was also fixed to the panel. This arrangement freed the floor from furniture, which made cleaning easier and made it simpler to rearrange the furniture.
The auction includes a number of these unique pieces. There are several lots of bedside tables, a very unusual chest of drawers with blue laminate in original condition, a freestanding writing table and a number of lots of door handles.
The "AJ" door handle, manufactured by Carl F Petersen, is considered one of the high points of Arne Jacobsen´s output from the 1950-60´s, and is typical of his design idiom at this time. The AJ handle is used throughout the Royal Hotel.
The Drop chair was designed for the hotel in 1958, and about 40 were upholstered in brown leather for the hotel´s Bistro. The Drop chair is one of Jacobsen´s moulded shell chairs. Produced by Fritz Hansen exclusively for the Royal Hotel, it was never manufactured subsequently. In addition to the approx. 40 chairs for the Bistro, a larger number of Drop chairs were made with fabric upholstery for the bedrooms. The auction includes a Drop chair upholstered in leather.
The Giraffe chair was designed for the Royal Hotel´s dining room. It too was not manufactured subsequently. The Giraffe chair has a shell upholstered in fabric, and wooden edging. The legs, in profiled laminated wood, are the same as those on the Grand Prix chair. The Giraffe chair´s design objective was that its high back would be restful and make guests feel relaxed and comfortable at the table. In addition, good access between the chairs would make serving easy. The sale includes two Giraffe chairs.
Today the hotel has sold the original furnishings, and chosen to furnish, as they say, in the spirit of Jacobsen.


http://www.bukowskis.se

http://www.fritzhansen.com

http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/arne_jacobsen

 

Halo. Natural phenomena to wear.
Rings of light in the sky are as phenomena more ancient than glass-works in the forest and these in turn are more ancient than artists who with the help of glassworks in the forest create rings of light.

"Creating is a circular process", confirms Monica Backström, the Swedish artist who has never hesitated to stretch the limits of the basic elements. Halo is spirit. Halo is natural force. Psychologists talk about the halo-effect as a transfer of qualities. For instance, exeptional jewelry in glass and silver creates exceptional women.

http://www.kostaboda.se

For information karin.lindahl@orrefors.se