Vicke Lindstrand

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVictor Emanuel "Vicke"•Lindstrand
Used nameVicke•Lindstrand
Born27 November 1904 in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Västra Götaland (SWE)
Died7 May 1983 in Kosta, Lessebo, Kronoberg (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Sweden’s Vicke Lindstrand was a painter, textile, ceramic, and art glass designer. He is considered as a pioneer in Swedish glass art. As a child, Lindstrand was interested in drawing but was initially trained as a bookbinder. From 1924, he studied commercial art in Göteborg and worked in commercial illustration for the newspaper Göteborgs Posten before beginning his career at the glass manufacturers Orrefors in 1928. He undertook extensive study trips to Italy and France and was discovered internationally at the world exhibition in Stockholm in 1930. Lindstrand, artistic director until 1941, added new artistic dimensions to the already famous Orrefors glass with his unique designs and revitalization of classic forms and techniques. Working together with Simon Gate and Edward Hald he designed glass in classic forms with engraved decor and stylized figurative motifs, and then worked for various well-known ceramic and glass factories. In 1950 Lindstrand joined Kosta Glasbruk as an artistic director until his retirement in 1973, where he also developed new glass processing techniques. Among other things, he created the Icarus needle at the Technical University in Stuttgart in 1964. He then spent the last 10 years in his life as a freelance artist working at Studio Glashyttan in Åhus. His Pearl Fisher (Pärlfiskare) from 1932 was one of his classic motifs, which came in different variations. The vases with the wavy inside were of different sizes, the most popular one being about 30 cm high.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions SWE Vicke Lindstrand
Sculpturing, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions SWE Vicke Lindstrand
Sculpturing, Medals, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals, Open (Olympic) AC