Kosta is the mother of all glassworks, where glass has been manufactured since 1742. Here you can find trendy art glass alongside exclusive, hand-blown glassware. It’s here that Bertil Vallien casts his works in sand. It’s here that new artists and designers have tried out their wings over the years. The latest in the series is scholarship winner Ellen Ekh Åkesson. The interplay between artists and skilful glassblowers in the blowing room has been the trademark of this glassworks for many years.
The name of Kosta and its location out in the dark pine forest have their own history – two county governors created a glassworks between Växjö and Kalmar, the towns they lived in. Their surnames, Stael von Holstein and Koskull, gave the glassworks its name: Ko-sta. And a community soon grew up around the glassworks. Today, Kosta is the largest glassworks in Sweden, and has manufactured both Kosta Boda and Orrefors brands.