The Stenkall Vit drinks cooler really does what it says. Nestled in its hollow of carved soapstone, this glass designed by Sofia Bergman keeps brandies and liqueurs cool.
Sofia Bergman is a Swedish painter and designer. She creates timeless objects and sculptures, drawing her inspiration from nature and life around her and trying to express it in a very simple way. « Apart from painting, I also work as a designer at the Skruf glass factory. When I paint, I am often alone at home. When I work with glass, however, being with other people is really important. With the glassblowers at Skruf, we try to create objects that are practical for everyday use: tall glasses for wine, sturdy glasses for water, strong vases for flowers and big generous-sized bowls for hot chocolate and caramel … »
Founded in 1897 by Robert Celander, the Skruf glass factory is situated in the Småland region also known as “Glasriket” which means ‘The Glass Kingdom’ in Swedish.
The factory is next to a railway and not a river, as one would expect. A pioneer amongst the glassmakers of his time, Robert Celander was looking to simply the transport of raw materials and to modernise manufacturing processes, for example by replacing the energy of rushing river water by an impressive steam system which powered the machines used in the factory.
Since 2006, Kent Elm and his family have taken over the Skruf glass factory.
At Skrufs, we don’t count our hours. Here, everything, down to the very last detail, is designed by hand.
The Skruf glass factory has always looked to combine tradition and innovation. Today, the Elm family is one of those rare Swedish glassmakers who still blow glass. « We are convinced that people call tell that from the way we work, the way we welcome visitors and quite simply the way we look after our environment. You are always welcome to come and see our blowers make wonderful objects.»
A lot of the glasses being used in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm and in Embassies around the world were blown at the Skruf glass factory.