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Aseda Glasbruk History: Bo Borgstrom Designs

July 22, 2017

Aseda Glasbruk. Stunning Swedish art glass, colourful and exquisitely crafted. It’s distinct because of its unusual shapes and heavy, ornate bases. If you know Åseda then you know exactly what I’m talking about!

Vintage teal blue Scandinavian art glass cordial set.

Vintage Aseda Glass

Many Aseda Glass pieces including vases, pitchers, coupes and bowls feature a thick, curvaceous segmented base. I like to refer to this as a paperweight base.

Vintage Aseda Glass by Bo Borgstrom features sleek profiles and some with thick glass club foot base.

With most cocktail pitcher and decanter sets the base of the pitcher is actually hollowed out while the cordials have a solid glass base to the nape of the cordial bowl. The cordials, without the solid base, would be a lot lighter and could accidentally be tipped over, so this base helps keep them in place.

Vintage teal blue Scandinavian art glass decanter set.

Vintage teal blue Scandinavian art glass decanter set.

Who is Bo Borgström?

Bo Borgström joined the Åseda team in 1955 and was the main designer behind these unique pieces right up until Åseda ceased production and closed its doors in 1977. In a previous post we featured a piece we thought was potentially a Bo Borgström design as it had the right flair and no makers mark. As it turns out the piece is likely a SEA Glasbruk piece. We learned Åseda’s glasswork is often unsigned, being identified only by a sticker with their name on it.

Vintage Swedish art glass was very popular in the Mid Century Modern era, especially Bo Borgstroms designs for Aseda Glasbruk. This blue Aseda lantern vase is a great example of the minimalist style. A perfect piece for a tealight as well.

Mistaken Identity: Aseda or Seda Glasbruk. Which is it?

It’s not uncommon for Åseda pieces to be mistaken as Seda Glasbruk, and ironically this actually has to do with the sticker design. Åseda’s “A” has been stylized as glassblower’s tools, and though this is a cleverly designed graphic, it is often overlooked as part of the actual text in the name.

Aseda Glass is Swedish art glass identified by a sticker where the logo is a stylized A.

In the end Åseda Glasbruk isn’t alone when it comes to mistaken identity. In the early 20th century Scandinavia was at the core of glass production with Sweden in the forefront. Swedish glasswork was innovative and cutting edge in a large community of glasswork crafting.

Orange Aseda Glass Cocktail Coupes

The strong art glass niche Sweden carved early in the 20th century had much to do with their stable economy and pioneering ways, yet Sweden’s most collectible art glass is in their vintage postwar pieces. The influx of beautifully designed, blown and unmarked Scandinavian pieces around this time led to the confusion in glasswork identity. And this is true for Åseda Glasbruk pieces too, even though by this time there was no doubt that Bo Borgström had arrived!

A turquoise blue Aseda Glass lidded candy dish with clear knob and base designed by Bo Borgstrom.

Find Aseda Pieces at Audrey Would!

If you would like a piece of this history to call your own you can find the brown cocktail pitcher set and blue lantern vase available to purchase at Audrey Would! Vintage Home.

If you stopped by our booth when we participated in the Victoria Vintage Expo a few years back you might have seen an Aseda Glasbruk surprise! A stunning clear decanter and cordial set like the teal blue one featured above, barely displayed, when it was snapped up and sold right away. Well, the sweet blue decanter set also didn’t last long in the Etsy shop. It was listed and sold in just one day!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad that you did.

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Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home

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