In the glass forge of Orrefors located in the forest of south Småland, Sweden, Simon Gate and Edward Hald blew life into the glass in a way that was beyond craftsmanship at the beginning of the 1920s. Simon Gate and Edward Hald were the modernizers of the glass art form. The glass was treated as a modern canvas where everything seemed to be possible: the classic shapes, the nuanced expressions of abstractionism and contemporary scenes. The artists renewed the art of etched glass, where the thousand-year-old technique and Neoclassicist design met modernity.
In our Fall/Winter 2019 collection, garments are printed with photographic studies of the delicate engravings that Edward Hald and Simon Gate created for Orrefors glassworks during the Swedish Grace era. These studies of mythological scenes from antiquity are perfect examples of the time, as they balance the modern with the classic in a refined way. We are immensely grateful for the sharing of these studies by our friends at the foundation Glasrikets Skatter Orrefors.
Swedish Grace inspires our Fall/Winter 2019 collection: an artistic movement, encompassing architecture, design and craft that emerged in the 1920s. A short but intensely creative period that coincided with Sweden’s transition into a modern, industrialized nation.
Read more about Swedish Grace and the art glass from Gate and Hald in our 1903 Journal.