Kosta Glasbruk

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Kosta Boda
IndustryGlassware, Art Glass
Founded1742 (1742)
FounderAnders Koskull, Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein
HeadquartersKosta, Småland, Sweden
Area served

Kosta Glasbruk (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkuːsta ²ɡlɑːsbrʉːk]; later known as Kosta Boda [ˈkuːsta ²buːda]) is a Swedish glassworks founded by two foreign officers in Charles XII's army, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Staël von Holstein, in 1742.[1] The name is a portmanteau of the founders' surnames, Ko(skull) + Sta(el). It is located in Kosta, Sweden, which was named for the company. The surrounding region has become known as the "Kingdom of Crystal" and is now a tourist site which attracts a million visitors annually.


Kosta glasbruk ca. 1890
Kosta glasbruk

Early production consisted of window glass, chandeliers and drinking glasses. From the 1840s, the factory was at the forefront of new trends and technical developments, producing pressed glass, and in the 1880s setting up a new glass-cutting workshop.

In 1903, the company merged with the Reijmyre glassworks but both retained their own names and Kosta went on to maintain its reputation as one of the leading Swedish manufacturers with a range of fine art glass and tableware by distinguished designers such as Vicke Lindstrand, artistic director from 1950-1973.

Having merged with Boda Glasbruk in Emmaboda Municipality, Kosta Glasbruk is still active today under the name of Kosta Boda.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kostaboda.se [1], history section page 1

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