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
"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.
(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
in Stockholm has got the honour to sell important items from Arne Jacobsen´s
Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Halo. Natural phenomena
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.
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.