The focus point in the project was to use a
material that is usually disgarded as trash or thrown away. The designer did
quite some research on many different materials and ended up using leftovers
from Hampiðjan wich is one of the biggest company of it´s kind and has
facturies in many parts of the world. The company mainly manufactures ropes, fishingnets
and other related products for specific projects all over the globe.
Ævar is made from leftovers
of polyethyline ropes that are used to make trawls for the fishing buisness.
The material is very stiff and hard to work with and for a few weeks the designer
did a lot of tests and experiments with the ropes and was looking for new ways
to use it.
In the learning process the designer made some
loops from the ropes and by using the companies old methods and technics in
knots and knitting nets the designer found a solution to attach the material
together and make a solid “fabric” out of the leftovers.
Ævar is 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 not thought for mass
production because of the handicraft in the project and the designer wants it
to be unique and have its own characteristic. The idea is to make few swings
and each one would be made from different kind of material because it is various what kind
of ropes are leftovers from day to day. They would also be named after the
people in the company because the designer wants the collaboration between the
company and the designer to be shown in the product.
Ævar can be used both
insight and outsight because of the waterproof material and the dream place for
the swing would be somewhere public for example by the harbour or in some
square downtown Reykjavík.
Ævar makes you feel like you
are floating on a wave or hovering in the air.