Gunnar Cyrén's Popglas was an equally colourful and radical element in the conservative glass world when they were launched in 1967. He found the bold colours when visiting the public aquarium in Copenhagen to see fishes and find inspiration for new, unexpected colour combinations. “They´re attractive,” he says “but defy all the laws of colour theory”.
The versatile “Popglas” is carefully handcrafted with a clear bowl and foot, while the stem holds various opaque colours. All glasses are made in numbered editions.
Gunnar Cyrén (1931–2013) was schooled at Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm, where he graduated top of his class, with the highest grade ever issued to a student at the Metal Art Programme.
In the late 1950’s he was invited to work for Orrefors, which turned out to be a lucky stroke for the glassworks. In 1966 he received the Lunning Prize – Scandinavia’s most prestigious design award at the time. Two years later Gunnar Cyrén became the artistic director for the whole of Orrefors.
As soon as 1970, however, he established his own studio in his hometown Gävle. Here, Gunnar Cyrén expanded into silversmithing and eventually designed the crystal glasses and cutlery for the famous Nobel Prize ceremonies.