Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898 on the same site where ironworks operations had been run since 1726. Major successes were achieved at the Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and in particular at the Paris Exhibition in 1925.  Orrefors' thin engraved glass was admired around the world and the manufacturer was awarded the Grand Prix.  The successes of Simon Gate and Edward Hald in Paris constituted the start of the long Orrefors' tradition of creative design closely combined with genuine and innovative craftsmanship.  throughout the 20th century, new designers and skilled glassmakers have continued in the spirit of Gate and Hald - Vicke Lindstrand and Edvin Öhrström with the new glass technique called Ariel in the 1930s; Sven Palmqvist with Kraka and Ravenna in the 1940s and, in the 1950s with Fuga, which, along with Nils Landberg's slender tulip-shaped glass "Tulpan" and Ingeborg Lundin's apple-shaped vase Äpplet, are now seen as symbols of the renaissance of Swedish design.  The 1960s are associated with Gunnar Cyrén's Pop glass and, in the 1970s, Eva Englund, Olle Alberius, Lars Hellsten and Jan Johansson as well as Cyrén worked at the glassworks.  Since the 1980s, designers such as Anne Nilsson, Erika Lagerbielke, Helen Krantz, Matz Borgström, Per B Sundberg, Martti Rytkönen, Lena Bergström, Ingegerd Råman, Malin Lindahl and Efva Attling have helped to propel Orrefors design heritage into the 21st century.

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