Hermann Bongard Norwegian graphic & glassware designer

Vulcanus from A la Carte range for Figgjo designed by Hermann Bongard
Vulcanus from A la Carte range for Figgjo designed by Hermann Bongard

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Hermann Bongard (1921–1998) was a well-known graphic and glassware designer in Norway. A versatile, practical designer who insisted on simple and objective forms but took a more unrestrained line with purely decorative work.


He studied lithography and commercial design at Oslo’s National School of Crafts and Industrial Design (Statens Handvaerks- og Kunstindustriskole).


He worked as a designer at the Hadelands glassworks from 1947 to 1955 under his former teacher, Sverre Pettersen, a book illustrator and glass designer. Bongard made art glass with unique forms and imaginative engraved design and more restrained table glassware, such as “Ambassador” (1954), a service for Norwegian embassies. He also dabbled with various mediums such as glass, wood, pottery, textiles, silver, and monumental architectural decoration. He worked as a design consultant for numerous firms after 1955, and he has focused on graphics and the printed page since the mid-1960s.

Ceramic coffee and tea set deesigned by Hermann Bongard, 1962
Ceramic coffee and tea set deesigned by Hermann Bongard, 1962


At 1954 (X) Triennale di Milano, he was awarded the 1957 Lunning Prize and gold and silver medals. His work was featured in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ‘Design Since 1945’ exhibition from 1983 to 1984.


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