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Pure Simplicity: Glass Vessels from Carina Seth Andersson

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Pure Simplicity: Glass Vessels from Carina Seth Andersson

December 2, 2019

Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson is known for her deceptively simple looking, minimalist glass and ceramic work (her Dagg vase for Svenskt Tenn, designed in 2009, has achieved icon status). “My design process is about scaling back,” she says, “finding the balance between simplicity and meaningful form to create in pieces that have a timeless quality.”

Carina works with commissions from a wide range of Scandinavian and international design producers, including Iittala, Hackman, Skruf Glassworks, Svenskt Tenn, and Marimekko, among others. Here’s a look at some favorites:

Photos via Carina Seth Andersson.

Carina at work in her Gustavsberg studio.
Above: Carina at work in her Gustavsberg studio.
A selection of ceramic and glass vessels.
Above: A selection of ceramic and glass vessels.
 In collaboration with Skruf Glassworks, Carina designed Tjärn, a series of fine stemware, commissioned by the Swedish parliament as a gift to H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf on his 70th birthday.
Above: In collaboration with Skruf Glassworks, Carina designed Tjärn, a series of fine stemware, commissioned by the Swedish parliament as a gift to H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf on his 70th birthday.
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Above: Carina’s much-admired Dagg Vase for Svenskt Tenn.
Carina designed the Balja series of simple robust jugs, wine, and water glasses for Skruf (available from Sweden Crystal).
Above: Carina designed the Balja series of simple robust jugs, wine, and water glasses for Skruf (available from Sweden Crystal).
Tokyo, a pair of vases/candle holders for Skruf, were inspired by Japanese lanterns.
Above: Tokyo, a pair of vases/candle holders for Skruf, were inspired by Japanese lanterns.
The Balja Wineglasses are available from Swedish Crystal.
Above: The Balja Wineglasses are available from Swedish Crystal.
Carina designed the Pallo (Finnish for ball) series of vases for Skruf.
Above: Carina designed the Pallo (Finnish for ball) series of vases for Skruf.
The Holmen vase was created for Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
Above: The Holmen vase was created for Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
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Above: Carina’s vases for Marimekko include (from L): the Urna, a vase in clear glass, Ming which is graphic in form and inspired by white Asian porcelain,  and Flower, produced in clear or pale pink glass. See the range at Marimekko.

N.B. Well worth a look; photographer Leslie Williamson’s visit to Carina’s studio and summer house.

For more Scandinavian glassware, see:

Mix-and-Match Colorful Glassware from Scandi Company Iittala

Tableware from the Doyenne of Swedish Glass

5 Favorites: Scandinavian-Style Oil Lanterns for Long Winter Nights

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