Hadeland Glassverk was built on the grounds of Mo farm at Jevnaker in 1762, and production began in 1765. In the beginning, production consisted mainly of bottles, apothecary jars, medicine bottles and household glass. In 1852, Ole Christian Berg took over the management at Hadeland, and under his leadership, the glassworks expanded rapidly. Hadeland began producing decorative items, such as wine glasses, bowls, platters and vases. During the 1800s, Hadeland copied styles and patterns from other countries in Europe, but by the 1920s, Hadeland began to develop its own models.

From 1930 until the 1960s, Hadeland Glassverk was one of Norway’s leading producers of lighting for both the public and private sectors, at home and abroad. The lights in their archives were designed by the team of Jonas Hidle, chief designer at Christiania Glassmagasin, and Arnulf Bjørshol, designer for Høvik Lys, a division of Christiania Glassmagasin.

During the winter of 2018, Hadeland Glassverk brushed the dust off their old product catalogues and blew new life into eight archive lights from the past. The production techniques are the same ones used 80 years ago. All the molds for these lamps are made of wood turned by Hadeland Glassverk’s own carpenter-moldmaker, To prevent them from burning up during the glass-blowing process, the molds are soaked in water for many weeks before use, and they are moistened after every time a lamp is blown. Four glassblowers work on each lamp. After they are blown, the lamps need to cool down, a process that can take from four or five hours up to many days. Then they are ground down in two stages, and the edges are polished according to the designers’ sketches.

The present team, chief designer Maud Gj.Bugge, and industrial designer Anders Holmedal, have preserved these classics by accentuating and modernizing the details, and they have added new colors and suspensions. There are eight Archive lights, and they come in many sizes and colors of both the lamps themselves and their suspensions.