In the Icelandic folklore, there is not just one Santa – there are 13! Starting on December 12 through to December 23, they arrive to towns from the mountains, one by one, playing little tricks along the way.

 

Their names give hints to the mischief they perform: Þvörusleikir (Spoon-licker) and Pottasleikir (Pot-licker) steal food, while Hurðaskellir (Door-slammer) makes noise and Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-pilfer) nicks sausages.

 

Each evening, Icelandic children lay a shoe on their window sill. The Yule lads leave a small gift in good children’s shoes – naughty children receive a cold, rotten potato instead.

 

Every day until 23rd, design gallery Spark design space will play “yule lad”, giving out a different design item as a gift “to the shoe in the window”. To partake, remember to be good and like the gift posts on SPARK design space Facebook page here. We will be posting about each of the items up until Christmas – stay tuned!

First up, it is the beautiful new scarf Nátthrafn by Vík Prjónsdóttir.

 

 

– Ravens have cohabited with humans on the island for centuries. There are many folk beliefs about them: Certain direction of flight brings bad weather and certain call means death. It is a fortuneteller of sorts, says designer Brynhildur Pálsdóttir of Vík Prjónsdóttir.

 

The designer collective was inspired by the character of the bird: Ravens are known for their problem solving skills, cunning tricks and sense of humor. The brain of a common raven is among the largest of any birds, and scientists have long studied their cognitive abilities. According to a study, ravens regularly play among themselves, with other animal species or even with humans.

 


The shape of the product is loosely based on the wings of the bird.

Like real ravens, it appear black when seen from the distance, and shades of color – dark blue and green – become visible upon a closer look.

 

Nátthrafnin is a new take of the popular Shield of Wings scarf, inspired by the sea eagle. The products are made from Icelandic wool and are made by Vikurprjón in the south of Iceland. There is also a blanket in the same black, blue and green colours.

 

 

VÍK PRJÓNSDÓTTIR is a creative brand that designs and produces quality products from Icelandic sheep wool, a unique and sustainable source. Inspired by myths and stories, from the past as well from the present, Vík Prjónsdóttir is fascinated by nature as well as urban life, believes in the beyond and respects the hidden world. Vík Prjónsdóttir has passion for local cultures and production.

 

 

Images (of the blanket belonging to the same series) by Hulda Sif