Orrefors Carat City Stopper Tokyo

Orrefors Carat City Stopper Tokyo available at American Swedish Institute.
Orrefors Carat City Stopper Tokyo available at American Swedish Institute.
Orrefors Carat City Stopper Tokyo available at American Swedish Institute.

Orrefors Carat City Stopper Tokyo

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The Tokyo wine stopper is part of the Carat City Stopper collection from Orrefors with a design inspired by blossoming cherry trees in Japan and the straight lines of Manga eyes in anime. The cone-shaped base with rubber details makes the wine stopper suitable for most bottles.

Designed for Orrefors by Lena Bergström.

Lena Bergström is one of Sweden’s most award-winning and productive designers. Utility glass, art glass, lighting, textiles, jewelry and decoration of public spaces, such as the Orrefors Crystal Bar – nothing seems impossible for Lena. With an infectious personality and love of the materials and craftsmanship, she approaches each assignment with the same energy. Lena’s visual vocabulary is like her: soft, hard, feminine, masculine, modern and beautiful – all at the same time. She always bases her work on the properties of the material and constantly tries to find new forms of expression in cooperation with the skilled glassmakers at Orrefors.

Bergström was born in Umeå, Sweden in 1961 and lives and works in Stockholm.

Cut Crystal

4 x 1.375 inches (height x diameter)

Orrefors is located in the Swedish village Orrefors in Småland, Sweden.

Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898, where ironworks operations had been run since 1726. In the same year that the glassworks was founded, a hot shop was built for making technical, medical and household glass and stemware to make use of waste wood and labor. Glass now replaced the less profitable ironworks operations.

In 1913, Consul Johan Ekman from Gothenburg became the new owner of Orrefors Glassworks. He appointed Albert Ahlin as manager of the glassworks and this marked the start of a new era. In 1914, Orrefors started manufacturing crystal products, as well as cut crystal according to purchased patterns and samples, Orrefors made art glass using the overlay technique with etched decoration. The new management quickly saw that artists were needed in the business, so Simon Gate was employed in 1916 and was joined by Edward Hald a year later.

That same year, Gate and Hald made their first tentative attempts at figure engraving. They also experimented with the new innovative graal (grail) glass technique that was developed at Orrefors by the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist. The major successes were achieved a few years later at the Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923, and in particular at the Paris Exhibition in 1925. The thin engraved glass was admired by the surrounding world, and both Orrefors and the artists themselves were awarded the Grand Prix.

The successes of Simon Gate and Edward Hald in Paris in 1925 constituted the start of the long Orrefors tradition of creative design closely combined with genuine and innovative craftsmanship.

Since then, new designers and skilled glassmakers have continued in the spirit of Gate and Hald.