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Erika Lagerbielke is one of Sweden’s most well-known designers and glass artists. Her designs and glass art are known and appreciated all over the world. She is founder and co-owner, with Tomas Åhlman, of independent design company Erika Lagerbielke & Co AB, where she acts as creative director.
Lagerbielke’s design concentrates on innovation and function with strong artistic expression. She has been creating award winning glass designs for Orrefors since 1982, where she has specialized in stemware and products to enhance the meal experience. Among her well known and popular designs are design classic Intermezzo, wine glass series Merlot and connoisseur wine glass Difference. Among her recent designs are stemware More and beer glasses Beer, as well as the handmade wine glass series Metropol and Zephyr.
Lagerbielke has had numerous solo exhibitions internationally. Her glass art is characterized by her interest in creating impressions with light, colour and transparency and is acknowledged for its deep and sensitive relation to the classic glass crafts as well as contemporary innovations.
Erika Lagerbielke works with unique design commissions such as a Bishop’s crozier for the diocese of Växjö and the Rector’s regalia for Linnaeus University. Recent work is a baptism bowl for the baroque font at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, GB. Her most well-known unique design is the official wedding gift for the Swedish Crown Princess couple Victoria and Daniel, a gift from the Swedish Parliament and Government. She has created several prize sculptures and trophies, for instance for Volvo Environmental Prize, Volvo China Open and Bullen Awards.
Since 2005 Erika Lagerbielke is professor in design at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, where she works with education, research, and regional development. Her research interests are artistic research in the field of glass art, the cultural development of glass in Sweden, “The artefacts of the meal” regarding the importance of the design of artefacts for the meal experience and the sensory experience of wine and “Sustainable glass” regarding sustainable development of glass both in making and re cycling.
Recent paper: Lagerbielke Erika, Aspects on the development of Swedish glass manufacturing An overview 1500-1915, Journal of Glass Studies, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA. ISSN 0075–4250, Vol. 63, s. 303–320
In 2010, she was awarded by H. M. The King of Sweden with the Prince Eugen Medal for outstanding artistic achievement. In 2014, she was awarded the S: t Erik’s medal by the City of Stockholm.
She is a member of several associations dealing with design, culinary arts, and intellectual property.