Orrefors Astra Flute Champagne - Glass.com

Orrefors Astra Flute Champagne

  • $42.87
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Brand: Orrefors

Color: Black


  • Designed by Swedish artist Martti Rytkönen
  • It takes seven people to make each individual glass!
  • Contains no lead
  • Handmade by master glassmakers in Orrefors' Swedish glassworks
  • 8.75 oz capacity

Details: Product Description On a getaway to a seaside villa in Italy, Martti Rytkönen saw a bright star seeming to rise from the ocean and climb up the night sky. He carried this image back to his studio in Sweden and in collaboration with our master glassblowers, created the Astra stemware collection, the star of the Mediterranean heavens now captured in bowls of crystal to add twinkling effervescence to your dinners and toasts. Amazon.com Seven glassblowers are required to make this single Astra Champagne flute, a testament to the exquisite beauty and craftsmanship of Orrefors glass. Finland-born designer Martti Rytkönen worked with Orrefors glass artists to embed a star design in the base of each bowl, adding further sparkle to the lead-free crystal. Rytkönen's graceful, unbroken silhouette of bowl and stem creates a contemporary line on a traditional tulip shape, while the dense, faceted star gives Astra its name as well as its unusual reflective expression and impressive weight. Pair this 8-3/4-ounce, 9-5/8-inch flute with a twin for a celebration to remember. In addition to the Champagne flute, the Astra collection includes a wine stem, water goblet, and iced beverage goblet. Each comes packaged in an Orrefors signature box, ready to impress the recipient. Like all fine crystal, the stemware should be washed by hand to preserve its brilliance. --Ann Bieri From the Manufacturer About the Designer: Born in 1960, Martti Rytkönen studied glass and ceramics at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design, although it was glass that eventually captured his heart. He came to Orrefors on a scholarship and was taken on at the glassworks in 1994. Pure, clear crystal is his imaginative medium of choice, one that he cuts, etches, sandblasts, and engraves to bring forth new graphical motives and effects; but he also works with color, employing art glass techniques such as Graal, Ariel, and Ravenna. His motifs are often narrative and full of humor. Martti is the designer behind, among others, the massive Sigma, Avenue, and Scala series, as well as Papillon, whose outstretched wings float above the tabletop. About the Kosta Boda: With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass. Glass results from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass. The History of Kosta Boda: Kosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that was then known as Dåfvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day and night. Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the works was christened Kosta, from th

Package Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.7 x 3.3 inches

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