Traditional Icelandic Armor Revived For Teapots And iPads
Design firm Hlutagerðin revives an ancient technique for keeping warriors warm to protect tea and gadgets.
Boiled lambskin is durable and tough. Coupled with lambswool, it becomes a sturdy layer of protection. Icelandic design company Hlutagerðin has sewn lambskin over a teapot, with lambswool inside the skin an insulation.
The lambskin was boiled and prepared using a method used to make armor for ancient Icelandic warriors. Designer Elín Bríta decided to try bringing back the old method as a way to insulate teapots and make sleeves for iPads, which can be fragile things.
The project arose from an assignment where the then design student was charged with making a project that drew on tea as an inspiration. The parallel of the boiling water in the case of both tea and preparing the armor stood out for them.