The Silent Village by Brynjar Sigurðarson is a collection of furniture made using ropes and traditional craft methods of Icelandic fishermen. The collection is currently on display at Galerie Kreo in Paris, France.

 

The pieces of machined wood are held together by brightly coloured ropes that also firmly bind a clutch of feathers, a tuft of fur or some other detail taken from the natural world, in total contrast with the polished smoothness of the wood.

Sigurðarson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. On a trip to the village of Vopnafjörður, in north-eastern Iceland, the young designer happened to meet an old man by the name of Hreinn, a former shark-hunter, who taught him a remarkable technique of rope lashing.

Constructed using classical assembly techniques, the pieces of furniture have an air of mystery of ritual objects. They speak of a strong cultural identity, harking back to primitive cultures, the world of the Inuit.

Brynjar Sigurðarson received a master’s degree in product design from ECAL, Lausanne, in June 2011, following a bachelor degree from The Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland.

For his graduation project (2009) at IAA he went for a one month trip to a small rural area in the north-east of Iceland, meeting farmers, fishermen and other local people, such as the priest, the mayor, knitting women and a shark hunter.

His master’s thesis discussed how cultures are approached through narratives, and how designers can learn from other fields that deal with cultures such as anthropology and archaeology. Following the thesis his graduation project at ECAL questioned the relationship between props and products. It was chosen by Blueprint magazine as one of this years top graduation exhibitions.

In January 2011 he was nominated by product designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to do a limited edition cover for the Next generation issue of Wallpaper. Summer 2012 he received the Grand Prix at the Design Parade 6 in Villa Noailles, Hyeres, France, where he presented objects realised at ECAL and IAA.

 

Since 2011 Sigurðarson has been establishing his studio in Lausanne along with teaching at the Masters Department at ECAL.

 

The exhibition runs until February 8th at Gallerie Kreo in Paris, France.

Images © Fabrice GOUSSET, courtesy of Gallerie Kreo