Marrying Innovation with Three Centuries of Tradition
Orrefors & Kosta Boda were founded during a period of Swedish history known as ”the age of freedom.” With a history stretching back 275 years, Orrefors Kosta Boda is older than any other glass manufacturer in the world. Kosta Boda was founded in 1742, during a period of Swedish history known as ”the age of freedom;” Orrefors was founded in 1878. The companies, which now operate under the joint name of Orrefors Kosta Boda, have a long and storied past and remain proudly independent as they look forward to many productive years ahead. Their designs are collected by individuals and museums and showcased in exhibits all over the world. With playful and bold designs, Orrefors Kosta Boda’s products are a natural addition to your home decor.
When asked what Orrefors Kosta Boda does better than anyone else, Matt Jones, CEO of the North American Division says, ”Whether you want one-of-a-kind pieces of
child I dreamed of floating across the city, high up in the sky like a bird. I transferred my dream into balloons of colored glass and instead of a basket I chose shimmering polished crystal prisms that catch the light.”
– Kjell Engman
Matt Jones continues to say, “There is a perceived oldness of many of the companies in the tabletop/ gift industry. All brands, no matter the industry, have to continuously focus on change. Orrefors Kosta Boda
While Orrefors Kosta Boda is based in Sweden, Matt Jones explains that The North American Division of Orrefors Kosta Boda is quite autonomous. ”We operate as a separate division within the New Wave Group family of companies. Concepts, product ideas, and launches are driven by our parent company Orrefors Kosta Boda AB, our CEO Magnus Andersson, and his product development team. We then customize some of these products to fit North American lifestyles. For example, the size of wine glasses, or
Aside from its reputation for excellence in decorative items and tableware for the home, Orrefors Kosta Boda is also considered one of the premier suppliers for corporations. ”The North American Division has an organized channel dedicated to servicing corporations’ service, loyalty, safety programs, awards, events, and gifting needs,” says Donna Nardella, Corporate Director.
Nardella continues, ”We are currently collaborating with Volvo on their new Volvo dealer refit building awards. Volvo has been a strong partner and we have fulfilled many of their marketing and employee programs. Many Swedish companies continue to use our products to reinforce their Swedish heritage.”
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Orrefors Kosta Boda represents quality and Scandinavian design combined with contemporary style and ease of use. Their designers create their pieces with these principles in mind.
Orrefors and Volvo Cars have joined forces in an exclusive crystal collection. Created by Lena Bergström—one of Sweden’s most acclaimed designers—and the award-winning design team at Volvo Cars, this handmade crystal glassware represents the best of modern Scandinavian design.
”When I was growing up in the north of Sweden, we would go on walks in the woods and bring food in small wooden boxes made of plaited birch bark, traditional to the area,” says Lena Bergström. ”I used this distinctive diamond pattern as inspiration for the facets on these pieces.”
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