Nanna Backhaus Brown

Intricate Pastorelli. Vivid colours. Scandinavian design.

Read about Nanna's glass loves and distinctive style here.

Colours, colours, colours. And lots of it.

Nanna's love #1: Colour

Nanna has an extraordinary sense of colour, and across all her different styles, the most wonderful use of colours is found. The striking colour combinations of the Pastorelli works as well as the remarkable opal colours in the architectural design pieces are definitely trademarks of Nanna's. Such is Nanna's sense of colour that Andrew always turns to Nanna for picking the colours for his magnificent viking ships.

More about the Viking Ships
Candy-striped. And good enough to eat.

Nanna's love #2: Pastorelli

Delicate candy-stripes, striking colour combinations, and elegant shapes. Nanna's Pastorelli works certainly hold their own kind of attraction. Pastorelli is an old Italian technique where the glass artist begin by drawing long slender glass canes in different colours. Once cooled down, the canes are cut into pieces and laid out in so-called setups with the chosen combination of colours. The setups are mounted on a base of warm fluid glass, and from that the process of shaping the works begins.

Ascetic - aesthetic.

Nanna's love #3: Danish design

Nanna's father is an architect and her mother a textile designer. The apple did not fall far from the tree in that family, and minimalistic Nordic design and architectural strictness are fundamental parts of Nanna's DNA. Sure, Nanna loves the intricate, Italian Pastorelli technique and uses bold colours - but the overall expression of her works is always clean and crisp and in line with the Nordic design tradition. It is in the meeting of these components that we find Nanna's very own artistic expression.

Widely acclaimed

Global exhibitions - local presence

Nanna and Andrew have a long list of national and international exhibitions on their resumes. Japan, Europe, Scandinavia... This november, the couple can add the US to the list, as they have an exclusive stand at the world's most prestigious glass art exhibition SOFA in Chicago. Nanna and Andrew create the majority of their works in their magnificent workshop Glassmedjen in the calm coastal town of Hundested north of Copenhagen.