Holmegaard Glass

The Holmegaard Glass factory was built in 1825, founded by Countess Henriette Danneskiold-Samsøe. They made glass bottles at first and then branched out into tableware in the 1830’s. Holmegaard glass is probably best known for Michael Bang’s Palet range (1968 – 1975), Per Lutken’s Carnaby glass designs from 1968, and of course Otto Brauer’s Gulvvase design in 1962.

Per Lükten’s Carnaby Collection 1953

Per Lükten was a designer for Holmegaard from 1942 till his death in 1998. Although Lükten was not a glassblower himself, he pushed the boundaries of glass making. His drive pushed the glass blowers to new limits and if they were to complain to him he was known to say “Well, who said things were supposed to be easy?” He explored the supremely plastic nature of glass with a range of flowing organic, free-blown designs made famous by his series of Beak vases and heart-shaped Minuet vases. During his time at Holmegaard he developed several new techniques such as “self-blowing“, pin-blowing and “swung out” glass. 

Per Lükten’s free form glass blowing technique

His designs were often coloured in a smokey grey, aqua blue and a range of soft, clear greens. Lüktens work is virtually synonymous with Danish glass. He was trained as a painter but his career in glassware was tremendous. He created such a broad range of designs – from one-off sculptural art glass to mass-produced table and domestic ware. Lükten was a deeply respected designer and always acknowledged the skill of the glassmakers that brought his designs to life!

We have a collection of Per Lükten’s domestic glassware, in a stunning smokey grey. Above you can see the red wine glasses from our 18 piece set!

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