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The Timeless Table: Glass with Heart and Soul from Holmegaard


The Timeless Table: Glass with Heart and Soul from Holmegaard

Margot Guralnick February 21, 2014

Founded by an enterprising countess in 1825, Holmegaard is Denmark’s oldest and largest glassworks. It stays true to the countess’s original mission–to create glass with “heart and soul and integrity”–by collaborating with the best young Danish designers. That roster includes Cecilie Manz, whose Minima carafe is spotlighted in our new book in the Remodelista 100, our roundup of all-time favorite everyday objects. Here’s the Minima collection along with other Holmegaard designs at the top of our wish list.

Photographs from Holmegaard, unless noted.

Above: The Minima carafe and tumblers designed by Cecilie Manz are made of mouth-blown glass. See Holmegaard for dealers worldwide. (Sadly, the dimpled tumblers seem to be out of production.) Photograph via Latte Lisa.

Above: We love the Minima Bottle with Lid because it fits on a fridge door but looks equally good on a table. It comes in a range sizes in clear or turquoise glass and is available from Fjorn; prices start at $32.75. (Minima Turquoise Lidded Bowls, in small and large, are at Horne; $32 and $45.)

Above: The Karen Blixen Vase was inspired by African neck rings and the Africa photos of Danish author Karen Blixen (also known as Isak Dinensen). Designed by Anja Kjaer, it’s part of a collection that starts at tea light size and includes a range of vases, all available in white or red glass. This one is just over 9 inches tall; $103 from Fjorn. See Holmegard to view the full collection and find more retailers.

Above: The Karen Blixen Flower Pot is a receptacle for all sorts of things; it comes in three sizes and starts at $69.95 from Fjorn.

Above: Holmegaard’s Nordlys (Northern Lights) collection is entirely made of recycled marmalade jars and glass bottles. Created by Peter Svarrer, the set includes tumblers, bowls, plates, and tea lights in subtle greens and blues. The Nordlys Bowl is $23.95; the Nordlys Drinking Glass is $19.95, both from Fjorn. N.B.: Heath Ceramics and Horne both carry a range of Holmegaard wine glasses.

Above: Maria Berntsen’s Design With Light series of hand-blown lanterns are designed for use indoors or out and have leather handles for portability. The Design With Light Lantern comes in clear or frosted glass in several sizes; prices range from $50 to $270 at Fjorn.

More ideas? Browse our Glassware and Tabletop posts, including 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses and 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.

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