Vicke Lindstrand

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Grön eld ("Green fire"), Umeå
Vicke Lindstrand ceramic bowl for Upsala Ekeby (1945)

Victor Emanuel Lindstrand, known as Vicke Lindstrand (27 November 1904 in Gothenburg – 7 May 1983 in Kosta) was a Swedish glass designer, textile and ceramic designer, and painter. He is considered a pioneer of Swedish glass art.


As a child, Lindstrand was interested in drawing. He had studied commercial art and worked in commercial illustration before beginning his career at the glass manufacturer Orrefors in 1928. He pioneered more daring art glass designs at Orrefors and together with Edvin Öhrström and Knut Bergqvist he invented the Ariel technique. [1] In 1950 he joined Kosta Glasbruk as an artistic director before his retirement in 1973. At Kosta, he was the dominant designer, lending his name to many now classic designs. At this point, Lindstrand began to inject more and more colour into his creations, which resulted in iconic designs such as Trees in the Fog and Autumn.[2] He spent the last 10 years of his life as a freelance artist working with Hanne Dreutler and Arthur Zirrnsack at Studio Glashyttan in Åhus.

He made his debut as a designer at the Stockholm World Fair in 1930, where he presented twelve glass vases with enamel decor in exotic patterns. For this he received great attention from international design publications. Lindstrand added new artistic dimensions to the already famous Orrefors glass with his unique designs and revitalization of classic forms and techniques. During his time at Orrefors he worked on engraved glass and Graal vases. With sculptor Edvin Öhrström he developed the new Ariel technique (named by his actress wife Kristina). Orrefors could not afford to keep Lindstrand during the war and between 1943 and 1950 he became creative leader at Uppsala Ekeby, where he designed many different stoneware objects ranging from pots to figural sculptures.

Monumental glass sculptures[edit]

Constructed with thousands of 8mm thick glass window panes, glued together using invisible 2 part epoxy glue (Ciba-Geigy). The flat-drawn glass used (Emmaboda, Sweden) is deep green when seen from the edge of the pane (modern float glass would be much paler).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Plath, Iona, Decorative Arts of Sweden (1965), Courier Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-21478-8
  • Berg, Per, Vicke Lindstrand: 100 år (Swedish)
  • Lindstrand, Vicke, Vicke Lindstrand : [utställning] (Swedish)
  • Jones, Mark Ian, "A blind spot? The perception of the 1950s glass designs of Vicke Lindstrand." (2006), Helsinki, International Committee of Design History and Studies ICDHS Nordic Forum for Design History. ISBN 951-558-210-5
  • Jones, Mark Ian, "Reinventing Tradition. Vicke Lindstrand and the Kosta Dilemma" (2006) Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Design History Society. ISBN 978-90-5155-032-0
  • Thor, Lars, "Legend i Glas" (1982), Liber, ISBN 91-38-90173-0


  1. ^, Vicke Lindstrand, accessed 01/02/2014
  2. ^ Mid-Century Online Magazine, Vicke Lindstrand, August 20, 2012