Tucked away in the forests of Småland, southern Sweden – a region which is also known as the Swedish ‘Kingdom of Crystal’ – Vet Hut Glassworks is the latest creative project of Design House Stockholm. Launched in the summer last year as a ‘new centre for creativity, experience and border-crossing collaborations on glass and design’, the small-sale, manual glassworks specialises in high-quality, limited edition items made of mouth-blown molten glass. Providing an antidote to the anonymity of mass-produced goods, each item crafted at Vet Hut is treated as ‘an individual which bears with it its own narrative in air bubbles, birth marks and shifting colour nuances,’ qualities which are clearly visible in the ‘Folded Rim’ collection.
The first project undertaken by the glassworks, ’Folded Rim’ series ‘exploits a technique which goes back for centuries and which involves folding the rim down on itself to provide a strong, impact-resistance edge to the piece.’ The small, elegant collection encompasses pieces designed by three renowned Scandinavian glass designers: Swedish Signe Persson-Melin and Erik Höglund and Finland’s Timo Sarpaneva. Accordingly, ’each item in the Folded Rim collection reveals its origins: the designer’s name is engraved in the glass which is marked with a Vet Hut symbol, the signature of the master glassmaker and the date when it was made.’