Åfors Things to Do
Åfors belongs now to the Kosta group but they manufacture the design objects. Therefore a visit of the factory is very much exciting, provided they make special things. But already the equipment is interesting to see, because many steps are made with the help of machines, like cutting. I saw a special glass work in this factory (no, not how they made it but the result), a “ship”, which is also shown in one of Kosta’s several videos on Kosta Youtube Channel. I didn’t dare to take photos, because there was no special watching area and the guys were too busy working.
Entry to the factory: no fee with glass pass, 30 SEK without (Aug. 09).
General recommendations about visiting glass works factories:
* Look at their websites first to get an idea of what they are famous for. Then it is easier to choose which one you would like to visit.
* Take into account that the workers work from 7 a.m. to latest 4 p.m., so you might like to get up early in case you want to visit several during one day.
* Plan some time for shopping. Make notes of what you would like to buy before you go. You will be overwhelmed by the selections anyhow, so it is good to know what to expect.
* When you visit a factory, please ask if it is allowed to take photos. In several cases it is not allowed due to the legitimate fear of the usual “dragonland” counterfeits. If you take photos, use the “sport” setting on your camera. Be aware that the light conditions inside the factories are often not good for taking photos. Try and avoid flash when the guys are working on the objects (it distracts them).
* Wear light clothes: it can be very hot inside. And don’t wear your Sunday dress and shoes, it might be dirty inside. The workplaces are cleaned in the evening but not every hour or so.
* Consider to buy the Glass Pass, in case you want to visit more factories. It costs only 95 SEK (status of 2011) and allows you free entrance to any of the glass factories, a 10% discount on any purchase above 500 SEK, plus discounts at many other shops, museums, accommodation, restaurants, activities (like blowing glass on your own).
Location of Åfors on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)Related to:
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Like Boda, Åfors also belongs to the Kosta Group and the shop is much smaller than the big one at Kosta. But since the famous designers of the group (Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Bertil Vallien and Ludvig Löfgren) have their design studios here in Åfors, the selection in the shop focusses on their designs. In addition, the glass factory is maybe the one which makes the most interesting glass work to watch. At least this was the case when I was there. I have added photos of the work where Ulrica Hydman-Vallien was responsible for the design. These faces, hearts and tulips are not inside the glass but painted afterwards. As for Boda, the prices are the same as at the Kosta shop with occasional special discounts. The 10% discount with glass pass also applies here.
Åfors Hytta is located east of Växjo and south of Kosta Hytta. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward until the village of Eriksmala. Turn north (left) here at the roundabout and east (right) after 50 m. The glass factory and shop are less than 1 km on the right side of the road.
Location of Åfors on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)