Willy Johansson (1921- 1993) Norwegian Glass Designer

Willy Johansson Glassware
Willy Johansson Glassware

Willy Johansson was a (1921- 1993) Norwegian glassware designer. Between 1939-42, he studied Statens Handvaerks -og Kunstindustriskole Oslo. His father was at the Hadelands Glassverk, Jevnaker, where Johansson joined the glassmaking workshop in 1936. He was best known for the white rim on his clear or smoked glassware.

Willy Johansson. Likørsett. Modell: Buster. Utført ved Hadeland Glassverk ca. 1961.
Willy Johansson. Likørsett. Modell: Buster. Utført ved Hadeland Glassverk ca. 1961.

The Johanssons contributed significantly to expanding the range and improving the quality of Hadelands’s tablewares. He designed mass production as well as one-off wares. From 1942-45, he worked in the sand blowing section at Hadelands under sculptor Staale Kyllingstad; from 1945-47, in the engraving workshop of Christiania Glasmagasin and at the night school of Statens Handvaerks -og Kunstindustriskole.

Willy Johansson. Mid-Century Glass Vase

From 1947, he was head of the design team, production, and art wares at Hadelands. Received the diploma of honour at 1954 (X), a gold medal in 1957 (XI), and a silver medal at 1960 (XII) Triennale di Milano.

Source

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

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