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Konstfack explores the possibilities of glass in Milan

April 6, 2011

Press release: For the sixth consecutive year, Konstfack is attending the International Design Week in Milan. Nine young designers will participate in the exhibition Evolution in Glass. During this week, the design world will direct its attention to the news and talents presented in Milan.

Glass is a material that in many ways represents evolution. It lives on, regardless of what happens. We see it everywhere in our everyday lives, and it has been used in many different ways throughout the history of Swedish design.

At this year’s exhibition in Milan, students from Konstfack will demonstrate their work with glass. Ivar Björkman, the president of Konstfack, tells us that it is extremely important to help give students an international platform. He says: 

- This year focuses on the development and progression of glass. Nine talented students will exhibit their works. They will present new forms of expression and areas of use within a tradition that has become part of our everyday lives. Ever since Konstfack was founded, glassblowing and glass forming techniques have been a central melting-pot for new inventions and expressions. Designers such as Erik Höglund, Ingegerd Råman and Åsa Jungnelius began their careers at Konstfack, and new talents are now given the opportunity to introduce themselves to an international audience.

Participating students:

Joel Englund (BA Textiles): Perspective
The challenge of discovering something new may distort the truth, but may also create insights that give us the tools to understand the world we are living in. Joel’s eyeglasses Perspective are such tools. 

Simon Klenell (MA Ceramics and Glass) and Kristoffer Sundin (BA Interior Architecture & Furniture Design): A-B-C 010
A-B-C 010 is a pendant lamp based on the three basic principles of glassblowing: blowing, rotation and gravitation. Even though it incorporates the foundation of glassblowing, the outcome is unpredictable and risky.

Maria Larsson (MA Jewellery + Corpus): Functional Glass
In her Meccano-inspired jewellery collection, Maria reproduces nature into glass. Functional Glass is jewellery dreaming of future transformation. 

Sara Lundkvist (MA Ceramics and Glass): Infested Glass
Sara uses the Scavo technique (frosted glass) in this series of vases. Her glass works explore the boundaries between repulsion and attraction.

Izumi Sato (BA Textiles): Amaoto – The Sound of Rain
By placing transparent glass pearls in semi-transparent fabric, Izumi has created a poetic and subtle reflection of light, like raindrops on a window.

Jakob Solgren (MA Ceramics and Glass): Hills
Candy-coloured cartoonish shapes invite the viewer to the borderland of fiction and real life. Hills is a new collection of candlesticks created for Sweden’s distinguished glass factory Kosta Boda which has collaborated with Konstfack for the last 34 years.

Supawan Sihapoompichit (MA Ceramics and Glass) & Emilia Öster (InSpace): Imaginative Table
Mirrors, steel, glass and light gives the viewer the impression of a kaleidoscope effect.
The large table surface makes us conscious of the mechanisms of our perception.

More information and press images: www.konstfack.se/milano

Evolution in Glass, April 12-17, 2011
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, www.rossanaorlandi.com
Address: Via Matteo Bandello 14, 201 23 MILAN, Italy
Opening hours: 9 am – 8 pm

Graphic design: Nils Jarlsbo (MA Storytelling) and Karin Nilsson (former student at Konstfack).
Curator: Ikko Yokoyama

More information
Please contact our curator Ikko Yokoyama, phone +46 (0)8-450 43 53,
mobile phone +46 (0)70-191 10 09, e-mail Protected address

Press room: www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/konstfack

Updated: April 6, 2011