Shifting Shape Vase

by Jonatan Nilsson Sweden


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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 20x10x26
Unique Pieces Material : Blown Glass
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During an artist in residence at the Glass Factory in Boda, Sweden, Nilsson created around twenty of vases – this is one of the last one from that period.

Designer Jonatan Nilsson’s ambition with the “Shifting Shape” project was to create a flexible mold for glassblowing. He likes the distinct shapes that you can get with mold-blown glass, and wanted to create a method where you don’t have to go through the time consuming and expensive process of making a completely new mold in order to obtain a new shape. Nilsson ended up designing a machine constructed in sheet metal in which you can fasten different shapes of wood.

The machine’s doors turns on hinges and you are able to slide the wooden shapes back and forth, allowing you to get in and out with the glass when blowing. The designer made the wooden shapes (that give the finished glass its shape) in a quick manner, and combined them with each other in different ways. It’s quite hard to tell exactly how the finished glass will turn out just by looking at the silhouette created between two wooden shapes. Nilsson likes the fact that there is a bit of a built-in chance factor in the process since it gives way to unpredicted shapes in the finished glass. An ambition with the project was also to show how much a manufacturing process affects the result of the finished product.


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Weight 1,5 kg
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 31 cm
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About the designer

Jonatan Nilsson

Hi! My name is Jonatan Nilsson and I’m a product & interior designer that lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.Manufacturing processes, with focus on innovation and with an experimental approach, is a central part of my design practice. My ambition is to make complex and expressive objects that in some way questions the prevailing standards of how things are supposed to look or function.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.