· By Kyle Harrison
Sigurd Persson (1914–2003) was a Swedish sculptor, blacksmith and professor, who is considered one of the most significant Swedish designers of the 20th century. Growing up in a goldsmith family, Persson founded his own studio in Stockholm in 1942, and during his long career he designed objects in various materials such as metal, glass and plastic.
Today, Persson’s designs can be found in our Ronneby Products and in the collections of many museums, such as New York’s MoMA, Musée des Arts Décoratif in Paris and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Like many other significant Scandinavian designers, he is representative of the golden age of Scandinavian design beginning in 1950.
Sigurd considered himself a designer of high-quality objects for daily use.
For example below is his iconic silver jug (1959).
Sigurd Persson showing his coffee pot. Sterling silver with wooden handle made of Padouk. The pot was donated by the Swedish government to the National Museum in Stockholm
Sigurd Persson x Ronneby Bruk
Sigurd Persson History:
Born in Helsingborg in 1914, Sigurd Persson trained to be a silversmith in his father’s small workshop. His fundamental interest in good design urged him to do more. Sigurd attended the school for gold and silversmithing in Munich, then became a student of Professor Franz Rickert at the Munich Academy.
After returning to Sweden, Persson settled in Stockholm in 1941. His wide range of activities demonstrated that he never thought of himself just as a silversmith, but rather he looked upon himself as a “creator of forms”, ranging from tableware to jewelry, to kitchenware made of cast iron and stainless steel, cutlery, and glass objects.
To see more of Sigurd Persson's life and work, read about his sculptures, jewelry, and even a glassware set made for the queen of England