For much of its early life this famous Swedish glassmaking company's production centred on drinking glasses, chandeliers, and window panes. However, in the late 19th century a more concerted design policy emerged with the employment of designers such as Alf Wallander and Gunnar Wennenberg, resulting in the production of more fashionable, Art Nouveau‐inspired products. As with many other design‐conscious Swedish industries, Kosta was strongly influenced in 1917 by the Svenska Slöjdföreningen's call for the employment of artists in manufacture, taking on Edvin Ollers and others as a result. In the 1920s and 1930s there was a Modernist character to much of Kosta's output, although the company was somewhat overshadowed by Orrefors, despite the appointment of Elis Bergh as artistic director from 1929 to 1950. The arrival in 1950 of Vicke Lindstrand, who had worked at Orrefors in the 1930s, did much to reinvigorate Kosta's fortunes. Other designers associated with Kosta since then include Bertil Vallien, Ulrica Hydman‐Vallien, and Ann Wählström. Kosta is internationally recognized as a glassmaking concern of high quality. After a number of mergers and takeovers, including one by Orrefors in 1990, the company came under the control of Royal Copenhagen in 1998.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.