Tuesday, June 29, 2010


One of my favourite Scandinavian designers is Gunnar Nylund (1904-1989). Best known for his ceramics at Rorstrand, he designed both ceramics and glass for many companies. Originally trained as an architect he began his career at Bing and Grondahl in 1926 and went on to co-found Saxbo with Nathalie Krebs in 1929 where he began experimenting with forms and glazes. An exhibition in Svensk Tenn in Stockholm brought him to the attention of Rorstrand where he worked until 1958. He sought functionality and beauty in useful objects and created graceful, modern, richly glazed pieces. His work is widely collected but pieces still pop up like this beautifully tactile little vase which I found recently. I have always collected his Aro designs, especially the Haresfur glaze bowls like this one, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

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