Holmegaard : Iconic Danish art glass
the great Scandinavian glass producers of the 20th century is the Danish company, Holmegaard. This was
established in the early part of the 19th century making use of the peat from the Holmegaard moors to fire
the furnaces to produce mainly tableware and domestic items like bottles. In the 1920s an architect, Jacob
Bang, joined Holmegaard as a designer and changed the direction that the company would take towards the
production of art glass. Not that tableware was forgotten, for many of Holmegaard's iconic ranges, such as
the Princess glasses (shown below) and the Canada range, remain favourites from the 50s and 60s.
The Kastrup glass factory was part of Holmegaard from 1847 until 1873 when it was sold off and became a
competitor of its parent company, especially in the field of tableware until 1965 when the two companies
merged to become a single company, Kastrup and Holmegaard, the name that was used until the Kastrup factory
closed in 1979. Holmegaard still produces glass today.
the greatest name associated with Holmegaard is that of Per Lutken who worked as a designer there for more
than fifty years, bringing with his simple, organic pieces, Scandinavian style and elegance to mid-century
his most famous pieces were the Bubble vases which were made using a damp stick inserted into the gather of
molten glass so that the steam produced blew out the glass into a big bubble. These come in many sizes, even
extremely large ones, and were notoriously difficult to make, making them quite rare and expensive.
Bang introduced a little fun into the sometimes severe simplicity of the Holmegaard glass with his Kluk Kluk
decanters including this one which would make anyone feel they had better stop drinking.
Other names include Otto Brauer who designed the Gulvases, one of the most easily recognizable Scandinavian
designs, which were later developed into the 'Pallet' series by Michael Bang, son of Jacob; and Bent Severin
who designed the 'Princess' range of drinking glasses shown above.
2 Pieces by Holmegaard available at our shop - others are available, including those pictured here