Skultuna was founded in the year 1607 by King Karl IX of Sweden as a brass foundry. Today Skultuna is one of the oldest companies in the world and it is still a purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden.
For over 400 years, Skultuna has produced objects of the highest quality for both everyday use and for special occasions. Always with that same sense of everlasting quality and design.
Skultuna has two product lines, a Home Accessories line designed by leading international designers such as GamFratesi, Lara Bohinc, Luca Nichetto, Monica Förster, Richard Hutten and Claesson Koivisto Rune to name a few. Skultuna also has a popular Fashion Accessories line.
Today Skultuna products can be found at leading department stores all around the world and Skultuna has won a number of international design awards and regularly exhibits at the leading international design fairs such as Salone Mobile in Milan, Maison & Objet in Paris and the Stockholm Furniture fair.
FOUR CENTURIES IN THE SAME PLACE
The year was 1607, and King Karl IX could at last implement his long held plans for a Swedish brass industry. During the time of Gustav Wasa and Erik XIV, Sweden had become indebted to the Hanseatic League. Refining copper into brass would reduce imports of brass and increase income from exports. The King had a man sent off on the Crown’s business to find a suitable location for a brass foundry, the choice fell on Skultuna, where the Svartån brook provided sufficient water power. Charcoal was available here as well and the copper mine at Falun was also close.
Today, over four centuries later, the company still resides in the very same place in Skultuna. The first master braziers were called here from the brass foundries in Germany and the Netherlands, they also brought the technique on how to make large brass objects like chandeliers. The oldest known chandelier is in the Church of Our Lady in Enköping and is dated 1619. The journey throughout history has been rough at times, once the whole factory floated away with the spring flood and it has burnt down completely on at least three occasions.
In the 15th and 16th century, the design work was part of the craftsmanship. At the end of 17th century, processes and work methods were standardized. This was the foundation of what we today call industrial design.Carl Hjalmar Norrström was a designer at the Skultuna Brass Foundry between the years 1895-1912. Norrström belonged to the most recognized designers at that time and was granted many awards for his creations. Carl Hjalmar won the Gold medal at the World Expo in Paris during the year 1900 for his magnificent baptizing font. This can still be seen at the museum in Skultuna. After his studies at the Art Academy in Stockholm, Norrström went to Paris to study. He became one of many famous artists in the colony, together with well-known artists like Carl Larsson. Carl Hjalmar Norrström is recognized as one of the first and foremost Swedish designers together with Gunnar Wennerberg, Gustavsberg and Alf Wallander, Rörstrand.
The Silversmith Pierre Forssell is one of the latest designers that was employed by the Brass Foundry. He contributed with some fabulous products during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. His designs are very much characterized as Scandinavian: strict and contemporary in style. Another famous designer that designed products for Skultuna in the 1980s is Sigvard Bernadotte. He designed a series of products for the dining table.
Today Skultuna works with renowned designers like GamFratesi, Lara Bohinc, Luca Nichetto, Monica Förster, Richard Hutten and Claesson Koivisto Rune. The production in the factory in Skultuna is continuing in an unbroken line since the early 17th century and a lot of finishing works are still being done in like tumbling, polishing, grinding, mounting and packaging. Every year about 500 chandeliers are still polished, mounted and shipped from Skultuna.