Ævar is a graduation project by the 27-year-old product design student Dagbjört Ylfa Geirsdóttir.

Made of leftovers from Hampiðjan, a global manufacturer of ropes, fishingnets and other related products, Ævar is made of polyethyline ropes that are used to make trawls for the fishing business.

Named after a man who has been working for Hampiðjan for decades and helped the designer to make this product come a reality, Ævar is the first of a series of unique, handmade swings, all made from different kind of material because it is various what kind of ropes are leftovers from day to day and named after the people in the company.

Ævar can be used both indoors and outdoors because of the waterproof material.



What were the inspirations for this project?


I was inspired by designers that are making things out of materials that are usually disgarded as trash or thrown away. I can name few designers that I think that are outstanding in reusing materials in a perfect way for example Bára Hólmgeirsdóttir with her clothing brand AFTUR, Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen with their furniture and floor carpet, Stuart Haygarth with his chandeliers. All of these designers are taking materials out of their original purpose and give them a new context in such a beautiful and a clever way. I wanted to design something in this ideology in my own way for my graduation project.


What are the materials you used and why did you select them?


I chose to work with leftovers from Hampiðjan that come off when they are making trawls for the fishing industry. The leftovers can be many different kinds of ropes in lot of colours, sizes and thickness. I have always thought of ropes as an exciting material to work with and also I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do with the rope cuttings because they are really stiff and hard to work with.


What are the most important things you learned while studying in LHI?


The many kinds of ideology we have been using in all of the different courses we have been to. And also how we are thrown out to the deep ocean when things have to be done. You cannot depend on someone else to do things for you, it is all about yourself and how you solve problems and do things in your own way.


What is good product design in your opinion?

A good product is a useful product. No matter how excellent the design looks like, most customers aren’t likely to spend money on something they won’t be able to use. On the other hand, most people are likely to buy something useful despite the design it has.

on display at the Iceland Academy of the Arts graduation exhibition at Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhús until May 6th.

Images Courtesy of Dagbjört Ylfa Geirsdóttir