Founded in 1762, Hadeland Glassverk is one of Norway’s longest running industrial enterprises, known for the beauty of its mouth-blown glass and its tradition of pushing the boundaries of production, while still adhering to the same methods it employed 250 years ago. The glassworks are involved in bespoken design in both the public and private sphere, including the eight-tonne chandelier that hangs in the Norwegian opera. Today, Hadeland Glassverk has a team of seven designers, headed by design director Maud Gjeruldsen Bugge, who has worked with Hadeland since she graduated from Oslo National Academy of Art and Design in 1989. Over the years she has designed for numerous major commissions, creating glass art for churches, hospitals and Norway’s largest mosque. Her designs can be found in the National Museum, and her 1996 glass series Brilliant received the Award for Design Excellence.
Hadeland Glassverk is exhibiting its Krystallkule lamps, designed by Bugge this year. Each spherical pendant light combines traditional mouth-blown glass-production techniques with the craft of crystal cutting by hand, creating a minimalist modern shape with an ornate, nostalgic pattern. Because the lamps are made to order, and available in four patterns (one of which is based on Hadeland’s 1913 Marie wine glass series), a variety of colours and three sizes (120mm, 160mm and 195mm), Krystallkule allows the customer to invest their own vision into the product, avoids production waste and saves on storage too.