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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Contemporary Glass, Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery

Planet

Sculpture
2004 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Lena Bergström (b. 1961) is one of the leading designers at the Orrefors factory in Sweden. She is a successful designer of both textiles and glass, has received numerous public commissions and has won Excellent Swedish Design awards for six of her glass collections.

For Orrefors she designs both vessel glass and limited art glass editions. 'PLANET' is a sculptural form blown in colourless lead- glass, cut and acid-etched, designed in 2004 and produced in a limited edition of 15. It was exhibited at Collect 2004 by Vessel Gallery, London.

Lena Bergström explores the traditional technique of cutting, giving it a new contemporary dimension. The outer surface of the piece has been all over cut in a stretched honey-comb pattern, with a so called 'olive' cutting wheel. The cut surface has been treated with acid to create a matte finish. This outer surface is reflected in the smooth upper (inside) surface of the object.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitlePlanet (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Blown lead-glass, cut and acid etched
Brief description
"Planet", blown colourless lead-glass, cut with pattern of hexagons and acid-etched, designed by Lena Bergstrom, made at Orrefors, Sweden, 2004
Physical description
Blown lead-glass vessel which has been cut and acid etched to give a honeycomb effect.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.2cm
  • Length: 33.4cm
  • Width: 27.7cm
Credit line
Given by Vessel Gallery
Object history
The gift of Vessel Gallery, London W1 2PW. 2005.

Historical significance: 'Planet' is a sculptural form blown in colourless lead-glass, cut and acid-etched. It was designed in 2004 and produced in a limited edition of 15. It was exhibited at Collect 2004 by Vessel Gallery, London.
Historical context
Lena Bergström is one of the leading designers at the Orrefors factory in Sweden, designing both vessel glass and limited art glass editions. The artist is known for her exploration of the traditional technique of cutting with a contemporary dimension.
Summary
Lena Bergström (b. 1961) is one of the leading designers at the Orrefors factory in Sweden. She is a successful designer of both textiles and glass, has received numerous public commissions and has won Excellent Swedish Design awards for six of her glass collections.

For Orrefors she designs both vessel glass and limited art glass editions. 'PLANET' is a sculptural form blown in colourless lead- glass, cut and acid-etched, designed in 2004 and produced in a limited edition of 15. It was exhibited at Collect 2004 by Vessel Gallery, London.

Lena Bergström explores the traditional technique of cutting, giving it a new contemporary dimension. The outer surface of the piece has been all over cut in a stretched honey-comb pattern, with a so called 'olive' cutting wheel. The cut surface has been treated with acid to create a matte finish. This outer surface is reflected in the smooth upper (inside) surface of the object.
Collection
Accession number
C.51-2005

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Record createdDecember 15, 2005
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