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.

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