BodaNova was founded 1971 in Boda, Sweden. BodaNova is part of Iittala Group, a leading homeware design company that offers a wide range of products representing the best in modern Scandinavian design.
It all started with a simple idea – which created a minor revolution. Between them, graphic
designer John Melin, designers Signe Persson-Melin and Mikael Björnstjerna, and the MD of Kosta
Boda glassworks Erik Rosén, had the idea of creating a totally new design profile for the kitchen
and the table top. They wanted to create a kind of simple elegance for everyday kitchen products,
glass and cutlery that would be easy on the eye while still being extremely functional. This new
vision, combined with the choice of materials, created a minor revolution in the design world
when it was first launched in 1971.
We are now in the 21st century, and simple, pure designs with clear functionality still
characterise BodaNova. Many of Scandinavia’s finest designers work on developing products for
BodaNova that will be appreciated by both hand and eye. BodaNova is quite simply design that is
there to be used, and many of BodaNova’s cutlery, glass and serving products have become modern
BodaNova is founded, and creates a minor revolution in the design world. BodaNova’s launch is a
success, and the press gives the new ideas a positive reception.
Signe Persson-Melin designs the Original Teapot and Mikael Björnstjerna creates the design
classic Oval Steel, a cutlery pattern that is still in the BodaNova range.
BodaNova acquires Höganäs Keramik, and the head office is moved to Höganäs.
Ulf Hanses designs the incredibly popular Mix range of serving items.
BodaNova attracts new, young designers. Liselotte Henriksen designs the Select range of glasses,
which has been augmented on several occasions. The Zenit range of cutlery, designed by Anders
Ljungberg, and the Olive range of glasses by Barbro Wesslander see the light of day.
The company is acquired by the Finnish iittala corporation.
Simple, pure designs with clear functionality still characterise BodaNova. Anders Ljungberg
designs the Flow range of cutlery and Magnus Lundström the Gusto range of cutlery.