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 20, 2010
Chair in Progress

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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

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August 16, 2010
Felt as structure.

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An idea to use felt as a shape defining structure, like other mashup material, like chipwood or papermashe.

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August 11, 2010
Felted sweater.

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August 10, 2010
Grid lamp and chair

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.

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August 9, 2010
Viking enlightenment

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Just a test of applying felt to a lamp shade… c

August 9, 2010
Tighten your table-string, please!

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First very raw sketch of a table idea. Inspired by the packaging of wood imports at the local hardware store. c

August 7, 2010
Typical Icelandic No.2

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.

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August 6, 2010
Chair N° 2.

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The second chair we made. c

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August 6, 2010
Layers 2.

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Quick sketch of a different interpretation of layers.

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August 4, 2010
Layers.

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Taking the material from a raw process and apply it to the right function. Celebrate the roughness of the material. g

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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
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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