FROM CANNONS TO POTS

Näfveqvarn is one of Sweden's oldest and foremost design companies. During the first half of the 20th century, Näfveqvarn gathered the Swedish design elite and was for decades world-famous for its quality and creativity. Great people like Anna Petrus, Folke Bensow and Gunnar Asplund were linked to the company and classic products were created in the timeless material cast iron. Today's Näfveqvarn, has the same view on quality and design but with a new view on sustainability. The production is still handcrafted, but today the products are made from recycled scrap and treated without toxic chemicals. Production takes place in Sweden, at one of the few smaller quality foundries that remain in the country. Wind and hydropower are used as energy sources. The first blast furnace at Näfveqvarn's mill was lit as early as 1623. At that time, the piece mill mainly produced cannons. The location next to Bråviken, between Nyköping and Norrköping, was strategic as the area was known for its abundant ore resources and mines. It also enabled transports by sea, including to Holland where the cannons of the mill were exported. During the 19th century, production shifted to the manufacture of various commodities such as stoves, pans, stoves and plows. The mill gained a good reputation for its quality.

During the 1920s, Näfveqvarn became internationally known for its cast iron products, designed by the leading architects and artists of the time. In 1917, the Venus urn was designed by the sculptor Ivar Johnsson at the Home Exhibition at Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm. In 1919, the architects Folke Bensow and Uno Åhrén began designing objects for the mill. In the following years, the mill made further contacts with, for example, the architects Gunnar Asplund, Ture Rydberg, Sven Markelius and the sculptors Ansqar Almqvist, Carl Elmberg, Eric Grate and Anna Petrus.