Glass artist Sven Robert Palmqvist was born in 1906 in Lenhovda, Sweden. He is best known for his collaboration with the glassworks Orrefors, for which Palmqvist created the Fuga bowl series.
Palmqvist apprenticed as an engraver in Orrefors, the city near his hometown where he would establish a long and successful career in glass design. He graduated in 1931, having specialized in engraving, then went on to study in Stockholm at the Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Palmqvist spent some time in Paris, but returned to the relative safety of Orrefors Glassworks during the Second World War, where he remained for the rest of his working life.
Palmqvist’s distinguished career with Orrefors spanned over four decades, from 1928 until 1971 when he retired. The versatile designer also created glass sculptures that can be seen in churches, the entrance to the SVT in Stockholm, and offices in Dubai. Palmquist was buried in his hometown of Lenhovda, following his death in Orrefors in 1984. The Fuga series was re-released by Orrefors in 1998 to coincide with the glassworks 100th anniversary, just a few years before the glassworks ceased production in Orrefors itself in 2013. Palmqvist’s designs are housed in the (seasonal) Orrefors museum that opened in the place of the factory and he is remembered as a significant contributor to Scandinavian glass design in the 20th century.
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