||Orrefors Balans Martini
Martini by Orrefors Crystal... $60.00
Designed by Jan Johansson
"Crystal possesses a sensual, vital strength. Objects are shaped in the glassworks in intensive, brief procedures from liquid glass to final form. I see my work as a way of conversing with the liquid crystal, not determining or forcing on it an exact shape. Bubbles in the hardening crystal, an uneven edge or a horizontal line in the melt may be an important part of the expression. I try to find the soul of the crystal, its innermost expression - fully aware that it always eludes me, always attracts me, and that perhaps the endeavor, the process itself is the objective."
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Facts about Orrefors:
As early as 1726, Lars Johan Silversparre received permission to build a furnace and a smithy at "the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orrenas". The iron works was given the name Orrefors, which means "the Orre waterfall".
Orrefors' international breakthrough came at the Paris Exhibition of 1925. From the Hotel de Ville, the Town Hall of Paris, the Swedish pavilion borrowed a magnificent glass goblet designed by Simon Gate that had been presented as a gift to the City of Paris from the City of Stockholm in 1922. The goblet became a sensation, and the prestigious Grand Prix award was given to Orrefors and its designers. The glassblowers and engravers received gold medals. Many of the imposing glas objects from Orrefors were created for special occasions, or to special order. The motifs in the engraved glass of that period may seem somewhat grandiloquent today, but the technique was consummately realized through skilled craftsmanship and the light, clear quality of the glass.
The ambition for all glass from Orrefors is the highest possible quality and exquisite design. This is the same objective that applied more than eighty years ago, when Johan Ekman traveled the long road through the forest, past the quiet farms behind their stonewalls...
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