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.
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August 4, 2010
Sandcasting 101.

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Playing with the fundamental rules of sand casting. Since wood is very rare in Iceland it makes sense to try and push the idea of no mould sand casting. Digging into the sand creating forms and extrusions. g

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August 4, 2010
Origins of bones.

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Yes bones and antlers are beautiful when polished, they can do sleak knife handles and shiny shoe horns. But before that bones are kneecap with tendon and muscle around, this is pure natural mechanics.

We are developping an arm using bones as technical pieces. A lamp might come next. T

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August 4, 2010
Wood vase, first tests.

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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. T.

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August 4, 2010
Typical Icelandic

It isn’t only nature that you will find Iceland. You also need tools in this environment to survive. Given the nature here is huge, the tools are also huge!

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Felt / Plastic / yarn

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August 4, 2010
First chair.

Finally our first chair. Soft and Rough. Isn’t she beautiful.
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August 4, 2010
Work in progress.

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We are now sitting in our office next to tables filled with experiments and sketches, if we are not hiking or traveling around to experience and research. Also we try to use the workshop as much as possible. Marcus a local employed joiner is supporting us there very well.

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July 27, 2010
The plan.

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Eindhoven —> Utrecht —> Cologne —> Dusseldorf —> Keflavik —> Reykjavik —> Egilsstadir

Four international designers from Design Academy Eindhoven 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 object 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. g

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