Ulrica Hydman Vallien was a colorful icon in Swedish art, combining superb craftsmanship with boundless playfulness. Her characteristic motifs have adorned everything from crystal vases to British jet planes. She left no heart untouched, and her value to us at Kosta Boda is immeasurable.
Now we release our second tribute collection in her memory.
The PET bottles became Ulrica’s statement piece after Björn Kjelltoft painted her signature patterns on PET bottles and on to cardboard plates at his graduation exhibition at Stockholms Konstfack.
Did a designer have a patent on universal symbols and designs? Ulrica took back control by painting her significant expressions in the form of eyes and tulips, which became a limited edition named PET bottles. The limited edition became coveted functional art piece.
Ulrica, who thinks the industry criticises her bold ideas, gets the assignment to make an exclusive gift for Kosta Boda.
To challenge what is expected, Ulrica takes the liberty of doing something unexpected and spontaneous.
The result – a glass bowl decorated with large black rats. The bowl is directly rejected by the management and never put into production.
In the book ’Guide to God’ Ulrica said: ”For protection’s sake, I have my own house god. She sits on the gate post to our house and guards. I am curious about death, maybe then a God presents itself? I believe in no God, but I would probably be happy if I found out he existed.”