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above: Flygsfors glass
"Coquille" series by
Paul Kedelv, 1950's



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A short discussion of Flygsfors Glass:

Flygsfors was a glassworks established in Sweden in 1888, initially to make window glass. This was discontinued around 1920 due to cheap imports of foreign glass. For many years they also produced cut glass tableware, for which Sweden was famous during the nineteenth century.

During the early twentieth century Swedish glass companies benefited commercially and industrially by their neutrality during the two world wars, and their glassworks evolved beautiful harmonious designs in the 1940s and 50s at a time when little was happening in the glassworks of Europe. During the 1950's they led the world in the volume and creativity of their designs.

In 1939 Flygsfors appointed Wilhelm De Moor as the company's glass designer, and in 1949 Paul Kedelv became a designer for Flygsfors. In his studio at Flygsfors in the 1950's he produced his Coquille series of sculptured vessels like the one pictured above left. Formerly a student of Edvin Ohrstrom, Kedelv had worked at Orrefors in his 20s. He joined Flygsfors at the age of 32, and although he stayed only about seven years, his designs continued to be produced for many years by Flygsfors.

There were other designers working for Flygsfors over the years, one of the most well known being Viktor Berndt who designed glass for Flygsfors from 1955 to 1974. His tribal mask vases had faces moulded in relief.

Flygsfors glassworks was taken over by Orrefors in 1974 and closed when Orrefors folded in 1974. For a time later they operated as a glass studio but were finally closed in 2001. Their designs, especially those by Paul Kedelv, have become highly collectible.


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