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On display at Young V&A
Imagine Gallery, Adventure, Case 10

Astronaut's thermos

1986 (made)
Place of origin

Glass form 'Astronautens Termos' (Astronaut's thermos), Monica Backström for Kosta Boda, Sweden, 1986

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Form Body 'Astronaut's Thermos'
  • Form Cover 'Astronaut's Thermos'
  • Form
  • Form
  • Astronaut's thermos (manufacturer's title)
  • Astronautens Termos (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Glass form 'Astronautens Termos' (Astronaut's thermos), Monica Backström for Kosta Boda, Sweden, 1986
  • Height: 30cm
  • Diameter: 16.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
'Atelje Kosta Boda M.Backström 206869657' (Signature, incised)
Gallery label
  • A flask for a vacuum In space, no one can hear you scream… for your dinner. So, take it with you and keep it warm in something designed especially for a galactic traveller. Astronaut’s Thermos sculpture Designed by Monica Backström Manufactured by Kosta Glasbruk 1986 Kosta, Sweden Given by the maker Museum no. C.108-1988 [Young V&A, Imagine Gallery, Adventure, short object label](01/07/2023)
  • Form Astronautens Termos (Astronaut's thermos), Sweden, 1986 Monica Backström, for Kosta Boda Gift of maker (C.108 &A to C-1988) .(18/06/2009)
Credit line
Given by the maker
Object history
One from a series of 'rymdobjekt' (space objects) first shown in the department store NK, Stockholm, 1986
Bibliographic reference
Opie, J. Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass in the 20th Century. Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 138, cat. 535
Other number
9755 - Glass gallery number
Accession number
C.108 to C-1988

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Record createdJune 18, 2009
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