bangkok: sticks

© we*go gallery / photography: vigfús birgisson

brynjar sigurðarson is an icelandic designer based in lausanne. following an education in his homeland sigurðarson relocated to switzerland where he graduated in product design from the city's renowned ecal institute. for a project back home sigurðarson embarked on a month-long trip to the remote village of vopnafjörður to interact with local craftsmen, such as farmers, fishermen, knitters and a shark hunter. the products which spawned from this research were furniture objects with no defined functions. all the methods, materials, forms and colours used in the furniture objects were all the result of this trip. for example, a method used in most of the details was passed on by the shark fisherman. when the designer visited him, the fisherman was preparing nets for the 100-day lumpfish season, using a netting needle and a nylon string. 

sigurðarson learned the methods and this became the focal point of the project. he has now revisited the project, adding a collection of sticks that will be presented at an exhibition opening that's currently on at we*go gallery in bangkok. like sigurðarson's original furniture objects, the sticks have no defined function. sticks are part of everyone's childhood and the element of play is always present around them. the new series of sticks is a product of spark design space in reykjavík and made in mahogany, oak and Icelandic birch, combined with nylon strings, chains, hooks, fox tail, fish skin, pebble stones and other typically icelandic fishing materials [on through end of april]. location: 79 thonglor 8, sukhumvit soi 55 [sukhumvit].

© we*go gallery / photography: vigfús birgisson