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Monumental Design

Designer Carina Seth Andersson is a one-woman powerhouse in Swedish design and is possibly most known for her glassworks for Svenskt Tenn, Marimekko and Iittala. She is known for creating design icons such as ‘Dagg’ for Svenskt Tenn and ‘Pallo’ for Skrufs Glasbruk. She was also part of the team of creatives asked to be part of ‘NM&, En Ny Samling’, a contemporary collection of furniture, light fittings, tableware and other decorative objects that celebrate the reopening of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm’s National Museum of Fine Arts, for its re-inauguration in 2018.

As its name ‘Kolonn’ implies (‘kolonn’ is Swedish for column), the glass vase that is her contribution to the NM&-collection takes its design cues from the 1866 neo-renaissance museum building designed by German architect Friedrich August Stüler. Hand-turned and carved in wood in a collaboration with Gunnar Englund of Fantasilaboratoriet, the shape was then 3D-scanned and manufactured in graphite before being made into a matrix in which the glass is handblown (as seen in the film below).

Photography: Pia Ulin and Bruno Ehrs for Nationalmuseum

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