Vík Prjónsdóttir

, , , By Catherine

Vík Prjónsdóttir collaboration between the designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Gudfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Thuríður Sigurþórsdóttir and the knitting factory Víkurprjón.

The company located in Vik, the southernmost village of Iceland, is one of the oldest and best known knitwear producers in Iceland. They make awesome blankets for snuggling up in front of the tv during winter time. Made of 100% Icelandic wool, the cozy blankets are available in various sizes (for kids & babies too!) and colors. Some are also reversible.

Plus: All products are inspired by myths and stories, from the past as ell from the present. Vík Prjónsdóttir is fascinated by nature as well as urban ife, believes in the beyond and respects the hidden world. You can read Vík Prjónsdóttir’s artist statements for some of their blankets below – they make these designs very special.

Click here to view the complete portfolio.

The Twosome blanket (see picture above)
In earlier times, it was a custom in many unheated homes in Iceland to share beds to stay warm, even with visiting strangers as a gesture of hospitality. People would lay side by side in the opposite direction to one another to keep each other warm. See picture above.

The Black and White (see picture above)
A legend has joined the stars. We dedicate this blanket to his ideals in making a better world.

The Snow Blanket  (see picture below)
Every year nature covers the land in snow. The snow acts like a blanket that puts all plants to sleep over the winter. The snow has both romantic sides and more dramatic ones. From ancient times people had to bury themselves under the snow to stay alive if they got lost in a snow storm. A layer of snow isolates heat and has therefore saved many lives. This blanket is meant to give isolation and protection from daily life. It is dedicated to all the survivors but also those who passed away. (see picture below)

Shield of Wings blanket (see picture below)
The Sea Eagle is the king of birds. With grace, beauty and a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters he is respected and feared at the same time. The eagle does everything for its young and protects the nest with great care and strenght. It is also though a predator and has at times stolen human infants to its nest. In Iceland today there is still one lone survivor who escaped the eagles clut. this blanket is a dedication to this magnificient animal and a place to find security because now you are under the eagle’s protection. 

The Seal pelt (see picture below)
In the Icelandic myths, seals are believed to be condemned by humans. One ancient story from the south of Iceland is about a farmer who early one morning finds a sealpelt lying on the beach. In a cave nearby, he hears vioces and music. Click here to read the story. 

The Sea blanket (see picture below)
The ocean surrounds us with mystical and intense powers, sustaining life and claiming it. Throughout the ages fishermen have risked their lives to bring home the catch. The Seablanket is dedicated to these sailors and to the currents of the ocean.

Photos:  Gulli Már and Juli & John, Kitka design blog


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