Christmas

Óli Jóhann Ásmundsson (1940)

Litle-Loki, 2001

Fagus ehf.

 

Today Stúfur (the smallest of the yule lads) comes to town. Maybe he has a folding chair like this one, to rest his legs between putting the gifts in the shoes?

Óli Jóhann designed the chair so that very little material would go to waste and that it would be easy to fold it together.



 

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Kogga (1952)

vase, 1991

 

Kogga‘s vase is robust in form and decoration, you could say it is something from a trolls cave!

In Icelandic folklore the trolls are strongly connected to the mountains and the rocks. They turn into stone when the sun shines on them much like the soft clay turns into a hard material from the heat in the oven.

Grýla and her family are trolls that come to town around Christmas, perhaps they venture so close to humans this time of year because the sun shines so little?

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Guðrún Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir (1948)

blanket, 1975-1985

Álafoss

 

 

Man, it itches!!

The icelandic wool has very good qualities for fending off cold and wet weather, but the downside is that it is not that soft. Most Icelanders have the same itchy memory of being put in a wool undershirt when they were small.

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Valdimar Harðarson (1951)

Sóley, 1982

Kusch + Co

 

 

After a good stroll around town it is good to rest on Sóley, especially when it has a such a comfy seat.

This version of Sóley is special since its seat is upholstered with sheep skin. The chair is designed as a folding chair, so you can fold it together and even hang it on the wall while not using it.

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Everyone will get something nice...” (from an Icelandic Christmas song)

It would not be so bad if something like this would pop out of the christmas stocking!

Manfreð designed and made this toy-tractor for his son Vilhjalmur (Villi) for his birthday, hence the name. 

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Benedikt Guðmundsson (1907-1960)

tablewear, 1947-1952

In December it can be cozy to make some hot chocolate with whipped cream. Perhaps these ceramic cups were used for that in the 1950‘s?

Benedikt studied and worked as a meat processor most of his life. Along side his dayjob he worked on his art, both in ceramics and paintings. He established the Sjónarhóll pottery in 1947 and ran it until the year 1952, where this china is from.

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