Gifts Today magazine

Royalty visits Kosta Boda

Celebrating its 275th anniversary this year, Kosta Boda received the King and Queen of Sweden at its glassworks on National Day

On Swedish National Day, heritage glass manufacturer Kosta Boda celebrated its 275th anniversary in the presence of the King and Queen of Sweden.

Highlights of the day included the new anniversary exhibition Hommage, which celebrates Kosta Boda’s history with works by five of Sweden’s most exciting contemporary artists, and world-famous glass designer Bertil Vallien casting his Royal Boat with the help of His Majesty The King, who placed a replica of a Kosta Boda crown in the boat.

The Kosta Boda glassworks has cherished glass ever since its founding in 1742 by two generals in Carl XII’s army, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Staël von Holstein. Thanks to the artistry it has always nurtured and the courage of innovative designers, the glassworks has advanced traditional techniques and developed glass art that challenges the norms of its era. The ability to continuously evolve has been crucial to Kosta Boda’s international success and its reputation as the world’s foremost glassworks – which the King and Queen of Sweden confirmed by choosing to celebrate National Day at Kosta.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to work with glass, and it’s great that this can live on,” said His Majesty, who put the “crowning touch” on Bertil Vallien’s Royal Boat, a work of art to benefit charity. “Kosta Boda represents quality and ideas, it’s modern and much-loved – so I’m glad to be here today,” said Queen Silvia.

Another commemoration of the 275th anniversary is the Hommage exhibition, which looks back on Kosta Boda’s long history of bold design, while at the same time ushering the art of glass into the future. Featuring works by Frida Fjellman, Åsa Jungnelius, Mattias Stenberg, Hanna Hansdotter and Lena Bergström, it writes a new creative chapter in the history of Kosta Boda and Swedish glass art.

“We are very proud to welcome their Majesties to Kosta on this day, where the kilns are still burning to celebrate our 275th anniversary in memory of Generals Koskull and Staël von Holstein. For 275 years Kosta Boda has survived through all the crises and uphill climbs the Kingdom of Crystal has faced in these deep forests of Småland, because we’ve cherished our unique expertise and worked hard to constantly renew ourselves. Now we’re turning the page and looking to a future in which Kosta Boda will continue to be associated with beautiful, exciting glass art,” says Magnus Andersson, CEO at Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.



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