'Looking Back to Go Forward': Bsweden x Anna Berglund

Tratten and Valborg are as versatile as their makers

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'Looking Back to Go Forward': Bsweden x Anna Berglund
08/02/1988 - Gunnel Svensson of Bsweden, in collaboration with artist Anna Berglund have created two new pendant lights for Bsweden. The lamps are presented for the first time at Stockholm Furniture Fair. Tratten by Bsweden

Tratten by Bsweden

Tratten and Valborg are blown at the Bergdala Glasbruk glassworks and in the workshop of master glassblower Micke Johansson in Örsjö. The pendants are designed to work in both private and public/commercial environments. ‘Valborg would look good in a group in a store or hotel lobby’, Berglund suggests. The value of proximity and low environmental impact of the production process was one of the most important feature which attracted Berglund to a partnership with Bsweden.

With roots in the southern Swedish province of Småland and close links to the area’s glassworks, the artist’s affinity with glass as a material is easy to understand. The connection between Anna Berglund and Bsweden is no coincidence either. ‘I actively sought Gunnel out because I know that Bsweden has great respect for materials and also dares to challenge prevailing taste codes’, the artist confessed. Valborg by Bsweden

Valborg by Bsweden

Berglund’s particular love for historical designs, patterns and crafts manifested early on in her lifetime. She tells how as a chaild she would often stand transfixed at the windows of antique shops. ‘This variety of styles appealed to me at a very young age and has been with me ever since. Now, as an adult, I realise that this particular century was characterised by knowledge of a wide range of materials, skilled craftsmanship and, not least, professional pride. A lot of time was put into adorning and beautifying things both great and small. Everything from the facades of buildings to household utensils, both in simpler, rural homes and more upper-class households.

Though her mind often wanders to the antique, Berglund’s inspiration is truly eclectic: ‘Personally I draw inspiration from everything – from rustic objects to late Gustavian style furniture – from the simplest “shoemaker” pendant lights with their functional glass shades to pompous, richly decorated crystal chandeliers. I look back in time to go forwards and progress in my own professional development’.Valborg by Bsweden

Valborg by Bsweden

Valborg by Bsweden

Valborg by Bsweden

Anna Berglund

Anna Berglund

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