Spotlight on SKULTUNA
One of the things that defines the Scandinavian Style is its’ use of materials and textures that are as close to the raw material as possible. Pieces like that are generally of a higher quality , timeless and able to last for a very long time. The company we will be highlighting today is no different. We’re putting our Scandinavian Designers Spotlight on SKULTUNA. They are a company based in Sweden that made it onto the list of the world oldest companies and has been a producer of exquisite brass items since the 1600 century.
So let’s dive right into it shall we?!
What defines the brand?
SKULTUNA is known for it’s high quality brass pieces. They have both a Home Decor section and a Jewellery section. The Home Decor section includes a broad variety of candleholders, candle sticks and vases. Examples of some other pieces they make are brass tray stands and a collection of brass hooks and knobs.
Their jewellery section has bracelets, bangles and earrings for the ladies. For the gentlemen they have cuffs, leather bracelets and cuff links.
What makes them stand out is the sleek and minimal designs. The real star of the show is the high quality solid brass that they are made out of. The designs are made to put that on display. SKULTUNA has won multiple International Design Awards and exhibit their pieces at some of the leading international design fairs. They can be found at Salone Mobile in Milan, at Maison & Objet in Paris and at the Stockholm Furniture fair.
Solid Brass pieces are quite heavy and the warmth and luster that real brass brings into a home is unmatched.
I have personally loved this brand for many years and own a candle holder from them myself. I once visited their factory which is located two hours outside of Stockholm, if you ever definitely recommend going there if you ever visit there. They have a shop and a museum attached to it. It always fascinates me to learn about the history of a brand, and especially one that is 400 years old. Whatever they are doing is clearly working and the brass pieces you invest in will truly stand the test of time.
Our Favorite Pieces:
Here is a collection of our favorite pieces from SKULTUNA.
Who are the Founders?
SKULTUNA was started in 1607 by King Karl IX of Sweden as a brass foundry. Right at the start of its existence the company therefor made brass pieces for the royal court. That mission has continued to this day as they are still a purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden.
The factory is placed very close to the river Svartån in Västerås, Sweden. This was a strategic location as the force of the water was needed to produce the brass. It was also close to a copper mine and charcoal was easily accessible at this time which made this the perfect place to start a brass foundry. The company is still located in the very same place although both the company and factory have been through some testing times.
One of the most prominent designers that started making a name for SKULTUNA was Carl Hjalmar Norrström. He was a designer for the between 1895-1912, and was granted many awards for his creations. In 1900 he won the Gold medal at the World Expo in Paris for his extraordinary designed baptizing font. Carl Hjalmar was also one of Swedens most renowned artists at the time.
During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s the leading designer of SKULTUNA was Pierre Forssell. He was a silversmith whose designs are very much representative for the Scandinavian style – a mix of strictness and a contemporary style.
As seen in:
Here is one of our favorite Instagram accounts that have some pieces from SKULTUNA. We want to include these to give you some inspiration and ideas of how you can incorporate these designer pieces into your own home. The creator behind the following photos is Idas Inredning.
It’s not only SKULTUNA’s past that is impacted by royalties. One of their current designs are made by the Prince of Sweden – Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte. When he isn’t exercising his princely duties he is a designer that together with his colleague Oscar Kylberg has designed one of the current candleholders at SKULTUNA. It’s called the Infinity Candleholder.
That is all for today. We hope you learned something new from our Scandinavian Designer Spotlight on SKULTUNA.
Until next time,
(goodbye in Swedish)
// Josefine from Scandinavian Style House