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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sven Palmqvist

Sven Palmqvist
Sven Palmqvist (1906-1984) was born in the glass district of southern Sweden and started his career with Orrefors in 1928, where he remained until 1972. After leaving Orrefors, he worked as an independent designer.

Palmqvist is known not only for his graceful and functional designs, but he is also known for his innovative techniques in glass production. In the late 1930s he began to develop the Kraka technique, which places a layer of fishnet patterned glass between layers of non-colored glass.

In the 1950s he invented a method of rotating liquid glass in a centrifuge, pressing the glass toward the outer walls. This made extensive hand finishing unnecessary. Palmqvist called the first series produced by this method Fuga and received a gold medal and the Grand Prix for it at the Milan Triennale in 1957.

Perhaps his most technically complicated design is the Ravenna series, in which segments of colored glass are surrounded by sanded holes, creating a mosaic effect.

Kraka bowl for Orrefors
Rhapsody decanter and glasses for Holmegaard
Ravenna bowl
Selena for Orrefors
Expo bowl for Orrefors
Kraka vase for Orrefors
Colora bowls
Engraved abstract design


  1. The effect on that Kraka vase is very interesting. I wonder how it was done.

    1. I did a little research, and this is what I found on

      The pattern is created with the use of a wire mesh that is placed over a blank that is then etched. This creates a net-like pattern that traps air bubbles when the outer encasing of glass is applied.

  2. Beautiful glass - if only i could find some like this in my local charity shops - would be bliss! Scarlett x

    1. I'd love to own a Ravenna bowl or the Rhapsody decenter and glasses!

  3. All these pieces are stunning. thanks for another fine lesson 'teach'!!!