Europe: united by the Eurovision Song Contest, art – and Kosta Boda!
Art in music, art in glass. A competition brimming over with smiles, love and togetherness – and an event in which Kosta Boda has a natural place. In much the same way as the Eurovision Song Contest, Kosta Boda has always been receptive to what is taking place in the world around it, while also challenging contemporary style through its creative approach. Kosta Boda brought colour to glass, the Eurovision Song Contest brought popular music to a Europe divided between east and west. Together the two unite us all in a mutual European fellowship.
On Saturday, the 14 May the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Stockholm. The winner will receive the Eurovision Trophy, a unique piece of glass artwork in the shape of a microphone, designed by Kjell Engman and hand made at Kosta in Småland, Sweden.
In 2008 Kjell Engman was given the honour of designing the official trophy for the Eurovision Song Contest. The prize, a glass sculpture in the form of a classic microphone has an irresistibly nostalgic appeal. “My personal favourite music styles are rock’n’roll and classical music as played by the big symphony orchestras, but I also find the colourful spectrum of styles in the Eurovision Song Contest incredibly fascinating,” Kjell Engman says.
For Kosta Boda the event offers a fantastic opportunity to present Swedish art glass and design to the rest of the world, as 2016 sees a new record number of competing countries. In conjunction with Australia’s ground-breaking participation in 2015, Kosta Boda began to produce miniature versions of the Eurovision trophy. The first limited edition of just 100 pieces sold out in less than a day. To celebrate Måns Zelmerlöw’s victory for Sweden, the 100 pieces in this year’s limited edition are being sold at, for example, the NK department store in Stockholm for 2,490 kronor each.
Green Room decorated with products from Orrefors
Our sister company, Orrefors, has been given the honour of decorating the Green Room for Eurovision Song Contest competitors with new vases from the Carat series and the new City bar collection. (Photos enclosed.)
Kosta Boda – Made in Sweden
Kosta Glassworks, founded in 1742, is Sweden’s oldest. The historical heritage remains strong, but Kosta is also an outstanding representative for innovative, modern design. Today Kosta Boda is one of the world’s leading brands for quality glass and its products are distributed in 73 countries. Glass from Kosta Boda is acclaimed for its artistic quality, the intensity of its colours and its highly distinctive design. Kosta Glassworks in Småland in the south of Sweden currently employs hundreds of glass blowers, cutters and painters. Their mission? To use traditional techniques to produce modern, mouth blown glass, made with love.
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Orrefors Kosta Boda AB is a design company in the Swedish province of Småland that designs and makes high-quality utility glassware and art glass. We develop, produce and sell a wide range of utility and art glass for private and public use under the brands Orrefors and Kosta Boda. We are the largest glassworks group in the Nordic countries with a history dating all the way back to 1742.
The glasswork in Kosta constitute the heart of our business. A genuine glasswork environment close to the craftsmanship and the designers. In Kosta we also run extensive tourism and events operations that attract more than one million visitors each year.
Since 2005, Orrefors Kosta Boda AB has been part of New Wave Group, which works with several brands in the consumer and corporate market in the areas of sport, leisure, furnishings and gifts. New Wave Group is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange.