PICNIC

– A series by Bertil Vallien

Picnic was an immediate success when it originally launched in the 1960s. Contempt prevailed for the bourgeois demand for large tableware sets; people preferred to drink straight from the bottle or from simple drinking glasses

“I made Picnic to be a simple glass, with no stem or foot in the usual sense,” explains Bertil.“The shape and concept result in a refined glass. The stout stem holds liquid all the way to the foot, giving the entire glass the color of the drink to hold onto. That makes the glass feel more festive than an ordinary drinking glass, but it works equally well for serving milk on an ordinary Tuesday. With its spout, the carafe has a small curl that creates a bird like appearance, giving it personality and character. The series feels highly relevant once again,and it is time now for a new generation to experience and delight in the line that was in so many homes in the late 60s. Back to basics.”

Bertil Vallien

“I love to work with a theme. Glass offers possibilities that no other material can. It’s like the outpouring from a volcano where the glowing mass is rapidlytransformed into ice. The challenge is to capture the look and the light at justthe right moment to allow the glass to reveal its secrets.”

Bertil Vallien is Sweden’s most famous glass artist and designer. He has won numerous awards and is richly represented in museums throughout the world. Vallien works with a mystical, dreamlike and symbolic world of motifs and carries out what he himself describes as an investigation, in close collaboration with his colleagues, many of whom he has worked closely with for decades. Vallien is most famous as an expert sand caster. His solid boats
in a deep blue colour are part of modern glass history. He is also the creator of Château, one of Kosta Boda’s most popular glassware series

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