Tak and Orrefors launches Swedish glass for Japanese sake

By on March 20, 2017

Frida Ronge, culinary leader at Tak has together with Orrefors most outstanding designer Erika Lagerbielke developed a unique series sake glass. The glasses which are hand-blown in Småland for a true Nordic-Japanese experience has premier 23 March.

How did the collaboration work?

– We know each other already and have a mutual respect and curiosity about each other’s expertise and creativity within their profession, says chef Frida Ronge. I wanted to do this with Orrefors and already in the first meeting came Erika Lagerbielke up as the first choice of the designer. Sake glass and flagon are not on the Swedish market today and I think it was missing because it has become a popular drink here.

How was the creative process work?

– It was an open and creative process where we talked freely about the drink sake and beverage traditions in Japan, says Erika Lagerbielke, designers and glass artists at Orrefors. We talked about restaurant Tak and what it stands for and what Frida stands for. We talked about the possibilities of glass and resistance, trademark Orrefors, my design expression and knowledge about the relationship between the glass and drink. Of all this we created a sort of mental map that we followed toward the target; the new glasses and the flagon. We also had some Japanese glass and flagon as inspiration in the development of the design, we landed in. It was important for us that it was a small glass to really get the Japanese feeling but also the exclusive feel of the hand-blown glass perfection in the thinness against the lips.

Production in Småland
Frida and Erika went together to Kosta Glassworks in Småland to realize its vision and spent a few days in the creative glassworks.

– With the help of Kostas glass artisans we experimented our ideas and got a result that we are very pleased with, says Frida and Erika. We worked with a clean, austere design language and sought a poetic dimension that relates to both the country of origin, Japan. We found a possibility by adding white and light blue color stains made of colored glass flakes that are melted into the glass – like snow on Mount Fuji. Just the colors will go in line with Tak’s handmade pottery that also goes in blue and white to make it a nice overall in the restaurant.