Already some weeks ago but still in our memories, on the trip back we stopped by in Mývatn on the sulfur spots and went for a swim. Imagine you feed a baby rotten eggs for a week and burn the dippers after - thats pretty much how it smells near a steam spring. c
Four international designers staying in a remote place in eastern Iceland called Egilsstaðir. Team includes a french, dutch, german and an icelandic. The plan is to work with local materials with local craftsmen and workshops to create a series of objects that communicate the local customs and heritage.
Materials include, icelandic; wool, wood, bones, antlers, aluminium and reindeer leather. We are really keen on working with local craftsmen and workshops; felting, sand casting, wood cutting, joinery, sewing and bone sculpting. This variety will give us unique opportunity of mixing both materials and techniques.
Made out of short pieces of wood, conventionally joint together with screws and covered with a nylon cord, colored like the signal clothes of fishermen.
The little use of wood refers to the almost not existing forestry in iceland, whereas…
Mainly the wood used in Iceland is imported. We decided to work with what was localy available. Due to hard climatic conditions the larch and birch that grow in the country stay short and twisted and lots of waste is produce looking for the perfect wood board. In order to use wood without wasting material, the well known technic of gluing short pieces of wood together is commonly used in Iceland.
We decided to celebrate this necessary technic by coloring the glue instead of hiding it. see also Wood vase
We pushed further our colored glue technic. We are more and more able to control the lines and we already think about pushing it further. Maybe the glue can have an other function. But for the moment here are some tests.
Still working on a chair with a relatively simple construction and joints. Translating the observation that most classic icelandic furnitures had simple joints and construction, probably because most time people/farmers had to fix them by them self. Above some variation models of that simple chair idea.
And please don’t forget to click on read more - each post offers alot more information then shown on the front page!!! c
Now the 3 weeks of intensive research, experiment and sketching are finished. We will take a couple of days to regain our energy at our own homes.
It was fun with a good mixture of travel, research and play. We have gone back to our homes with a lot of concepts to work from. We are keen on continuing with this project and push it as far as we can.
Conclusions and final sketch models to come in the next days… g.
An idea to use felt as a shape defining structure, like other mashup material, like chipwood or papermashe.
We were invited for a nice get together of some creative people from Egilsstaðir and around, yesterday night. We met some really nice people and had some nice talks…
A range of our favorite tools so far… B.
Design of a chair and lamp based on the rectangular patterns of Icelandic knitted sweaters and hats. Like knitting patterns we used a grid. Which leads to a design with only angles of 90 and 45 degrees. The frame is made of Icelandic wood and the designs are filled with local matrials like reindeerleather, felt, rope of horsehair and reindeerhorns.
Just a test of applying felt to a lamp shade… c
First very raw sketch of a table idea. Inspired by the packaging of wood imports at the local hardware store. c
Typically Icelandic are the patterns on sweaters, gloves and blankets with abstract images and figurative images based on nature. Designed in a grid. Is this still Iceland? Or does it need a redesign with the new modern Icelandic objects such as the large jeeps and buses.
Hey we are now at a point were we want to share what we achieved so far, but writing an email is not so easy sometimes. So we are sorry if you received multiple emails from us. We hope that won’t keep you from leaving your comment or critic.