Designed by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien "Desire, passion, energy - an artist can love and hate at the same time. I can be argumentative and totally committed. With glass all things are possible. Glass is immediate, intense, demanding; never is it just plain old glass. I love it for painting on, for telling tales. I have no rules. I allow my instinctive feelngs to take me whever they want."
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With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, and an ongoing commitment to avant-garde expression, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own, yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda.
Eight designers are currently on retainer at Kosta Boda. They work with both utilitarian and art glass. The designers are Olle Brozén, Anna Ehrner, Kjell Engman, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Bertil Vallien, Ludvig Lofgren, Asa Jungnelius and Göran Wärff. Glass results from a great many meetings between people, artists, crafts people and lovers of glass.
The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass.
Crystal Classics is the largest independent retailer of Kosta Boda in the U.S.