Sigurd Persson (1914 – 2003) Swedish metalworker and glassware designer

A set of three sterling silver candlesticks , ca. 1965–1970 designed by Sigurd Persson
A set of three sterling silver candlesticks , ca. 1965–1970 designed by Sigurd Persson

Sigurd Persson (1914–2003) was a Swedish sculptor, blacksmith, and professor who is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential Swedish designers. Growing up in a goldsmith family, Persson founded his studio in Stockholm in 1942. Throughout his long career, he crafted objects in various materials ranging from metal to glass to plastic. Aside from various homes in Scandinavia and elsewhere, Persson’s designs can be found in the collections of several museums, including New York’s MoMA, Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Sterling silver coffee pot , 1985 designed by Sigurd Persson
Sterling silver coffee pot , 1985 designed by Sigurd Persson


In 1941, he founded his silver workshop and began designing jewellery and cutlery. He designed the cutlery for the Kooperative Forbundet in 1953. (Cooperative Society of Sweden). He worked as a designer at the Kosta Boda glassworks and produced in-flight tableware for several airlines. He wrote the book Modern Swedish Smycken (1950).

Jetline Cultery (1959) by Sigurd Persson
Jetline Cultery (1959) by Sigurd Persson
Ring designed by Sigurd Persson, Sweden. 1993
Ring designed by Sigurd Persson, Sweden. 1993


Over his career, he received the following awards;

  • He won medals at the 1951 (IX), 1954 (X), 1957 (XI) and 1960 (XII) Triennali di Milano, 
  • 1959 competition for cutlery sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines (included in the 1983—84 ‘Design Since 1945’ exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), 
  • 1970 Prince Eugen Medal, 
  • 1967 Swedish Prize for Artists, and Gregor Paulsson Trophy.


His work was the subject of the following;

  • 1961 one-person exhibition at the Malmé Museum. 
  • Work was shown at 1950 Swedish exhibition, 
  • 1954—57 USA ‘Design in Scandinavia’ travelling exhibition, 
  • 1954 Sydney exhibition, 
  • 1955 Pforzheim exhibition, 
  • 1955 “H 55” exhibition in Halsingborg, and 
  • 1956 Havana exhibition.


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

You may also be interested in

Estrid Ericson (1894 – 1981) Swedish designer and entrepreneur – Encyclopedia of Design

Estrid Ericson, a pewter designer and design entrepreneur, was the founder of Svenskt Tenn, a highly influential Stockholm store and manufacturer closely associated with the Swedish Modern aesthetic and export success. She studied art and crafts at Stockholm University from 1913 to 1915, and after working at Svensk Hemslöjd and Willman and Wiklund, she founded Svenskt Tenn in 1924 with pewter designer Nils Fougstedt.

Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) Swedish textile designer – Encyclopedia of Design

Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) was a textile designer and teacher from Sweden. She was born in Malmö and worked professionally in Norway. In 1924, she settled on a small farm in Trondelag, Norway, and began weaving. She opened her studio in 1924.

Designers by Country

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.