Designed by Josef Schott for the Swedish manufacture Smalandshyttan. Schott is often overlooked in the history books –this might be because he was not scandinavian, he was born in Bohemia, but spent his creative life in Scandinavia.
He designed glass almost exclusively for a small glassworks: Smalandshyttan. The Swedish company produced glass for a relatively short period starting in 1947 before closing down in 1976.
This blocky architectural vase is representative of his confident, expressive work in molded glass. The beautiful grey glass is more contemporary than vintage. The bas-relief pattern captures the light wonderfully.
In relation to Modernism, his work is influenced by the bas-reliefs of Bauhaus, and later, the characteristics of the reliefs found on Brutalist architecture of the 1960s when Scott was producing these designs.The design also encompasses his name SCHOTT in the design (see photo).
Today, Josef Scott’s work still looks very modern. ©️ScandinavianModern 2019