Ernst Billgren, born 1957 in Danderyd in Sweden, is a designer whose work is characterized by a unique diversity. He works with everything from glass design, sculpture, painting and scenography, to fiction, film, music and furniture design. His designs are inspired by mythology, nature and national romanticism. He explores the contemporary world and often interweaves a questioning of what art is, its purpose and limits.
Ernst studied at Valand Academy in Gothenburg 1982-1987. For Kosta Boda he has designed the collection New Friends, which consists of exclusive utility glasses with an artistic touch. Animals are a recurring element in his work, and here they make themselves known at the bottom of every glass in the collection.