The Kosta Boda glassmaking company from Sweden is the designer of some of the most beautiful pieces of decorative art since Steuben Glass.
Kosta Boda began in the mid 1700’s and it was founded by two ex-officers of Charles XII’s army; Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein. In fact, the original name of the company was a mixture of both their last names, Kosta Glasbruk.
Not only did they found a company but an entire industry of glassmaking and even a town, called Kosta in tribute to the people who gave its citizens jobs.
Today, there are four different factories in the province of the Småland region- consisting of Orrefors, Kosta, Boda and Fors. In their early years, Kosta Boda made little more than window panes, chandleries and drinking glasses.
This all changed in 1840 when the Industrial Revolution and other such innovations put Kosta Boda on the map with the pressed glass movement. 40 years later, Kosta Boda also started a workshop dedicated on glass cutting in order to expand their market.
By the 20th century, Kosta Boda became even more world renown by the glass art. Modernistic styles such as faces on vases, colors that merge from one to another, and thin, almost razor-sharp lines embedded in the glass make them a must have for anyone who loves the abstract and contemporary.
Always on the cutting edge, their edgy designs have lasted through the ages. While it is not for the traditionalistic sort, it is clear that Kosta Boda will be around for many more years to come.
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