Sculpted Glass Lamp designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda, circa 1950, Sweden. L26 cm W 13 cm H 26 cm

Sculpted Glass Lamp designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda, circa 1950, Sweden. L 26 cm W 13 cm H 26 cm

Kosta Boda (also known as Kosta Glasbruk) is a Swedish glassworks founded in 1742 by two foreign officers in Charles XII’s army, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein. The name is a portmanteau of the founders’ surnames, Ko(skull) + Sta(el). It is located in Kosta, Sweden, which was named for the company. The surrounding region has become known as the “Kingdom of Crystal” and is now a tourist site which attracts a million visitors annually.

In the 1950s, the company was one of the leading Swedish manufacturers with a range of fine art glass and tableware designed by distinguished artists such as Vicke Lindstrand, artistic director from 1950-1973.

Kosta Boda is still active today.