The Unda glass by Matti Klenell was made for the restaurant and bar at Nationalmuseum. The contrast between the functional form and mouth-blown glass in two colors ensures a visual and tactile feel. The carafe can carry stacked Unda glasses. For use at home and in carefully managed restaurants and public areas.
3.7”Diam. x 9.5”H 40 fl.oz
Matti KlenellMatti Klenell’s design style is easily recognizable by its powerful expression, where a decorative harmony is created through balancing bold volumes With his glass art heritage, it’s no surprise that Matti Klenell feels powerfully drawn to the arts and crafts
Matti Klenell was born in Gothenburg in 1972 He graduated with an MFA from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 1999 After graduating, he set up his own design studio and today works with international design commissions In addition to working with projects for serial production, Matti Klenell also develops and produces unique objects as limited editions, mostly in glass
His work can be found at Statens konstmuseer, Nationalmuseum, The Röhsska Museum, Museum of Design and Applied Arts, Gardabaer in Iceland, and Designmuseum Danmark, among others Matti also had several solo exhibitions and has received several prizes and awards
The Unda glass was created for Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s newly renovated museum of art and design. Matti Klenell, Carina Seth Andersson and a large team of designers were in charge of the thorough remake of the bar and restaurant. The glasses have a basic functional form with an artisanal quality. Together with the large carafe, which can hold stacked Unda glasses on top, the entire collection is an ideal centerpiece for any table.
The name Unda derives from the Latin, meaning water and wave, and its shifting reflections are tailored for any tabletop. “I grew up around glass-blowing,” says Matti Klenell. “I used to work extra in the glass studio as a kid, and it was hardly magical. All that talk of the white, flowing mass cooling into precise materiality – I mean: it’s hot, it burns! But I know the drill; I can go with the rhythm, and it’s fast and direct, not like assembling a puzzle, the way furniture design can be. Glass is a culture all its own, and when it works, the outcome is fantastic!” The contrast between the artisanal hand-made glass and its functional, almost Bauhaus-inspired form makes the Unda glass at home in any modern setting. To achieve the distinctive, vivid colors, the hot colored glass is caught, covered with a clear layer, and then blown into its definitive shape. The process is chosen for its durability, in contrast to spray paint, which easily scratches. “The ridge on the Unda glass gives you a tactile feel that surpasses the visual, and the V-shape makes them easy to stack without getting stuck. The ridge also indicates the suitable fill level of the carafe.”