Local production, strong patterns, and a sustainable mindset for the chillier days to come.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
October 22, 2020
Stripes in motion
Using Norwegian wool, 100% Norwegian production, and close collaboration with Scandinavia’s leading designers and textile artists have made blankets from Røros Tweed one of the most reputable all-Norwegian quality products.
One of the new blankets for this fall, Bislett by designer Hallgeir Homstvedt, is inspired by the Moiré phenomenon.
— It’s a visual effect that occurs when two patterns, for example stripes, are placed on top of each other, which makes it look like they’re in motion. Stripes and the movement that arose in the design gave me associations to the lines and the speed from an athletics track. Bislett (an area in Oslo which has also given name to a stadium hosting annual track and field competition Bislett Games, Ed’s note) is a place to which I have a personal connection, hence the name, he says.
Dreaming of Lofoten
Røros Tweed also collaborates with other brands, including fellow Norwegian label Tom Wood, for a second collection of wool blankets made in Norway. They feature three scenic spots in Norway — Gaustatoppen, Geiranger, and, here, iconic Lofoten.
Byredo’s Alphabet blanket
For their latest blanket launch, Byredo uses their own typography in a mix of 90% virgin wool and 10% cashmere. It’s limited to 300 pieces — stamped from 001 to 300 — available now in their physical flagships and, shortly, on byredo.com.
The Jäverling blanket
It’s a busy fall for Swedish premium denim brand Indigofera. They’ve just launched their first women’s collection, together with hand weaver and textile artist Miriam Parkman. The capsule is named High Coast, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site in northeastern Sweden for its unique and highly scenic land. And a week ago saw the release of the second collaboration with singer-songwriter Israel Nash. This time with five pieces, including one blanket, inspired by the Heartland music genre developed in the 1970s by musicians like John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seeger, and Steve Earl.
But, as this is a feature with blankets, we finish off with Indigofera’s third collab. The Jäverling blanket (pictured) is made of lambswool in Norway, together with the artist PIKE and musician — and their friend — Rickard Jäverling, right in time to accompany his new record drop, Album 4.
”My shapes became naive and asymmetric”
Creative Ann Ringstrand has worked in the fashion industry for the past 30 years and in Scandinavia, she’s perhaps best known for starting Hope in 2001. For the last 5 years, she’s added perfumery and jewellery as well as interior to her multi-discipline area of design, now presenting classic Swedish lighting brand Markslöjd’s first textile collection.
— We decided to start the collection working with textiles such as kitchen towel, napkins, tablecloths, and cushions for the social areas of the home. It was important to make the collection about sustainability both the environmental and social and part of the production is mainly placed in Europe, she says.
The collection also includes patterned blankets.
— When I started to experiment with new shapes I was very inspired by magic and logic and how they are combined in circles and squares. Sacred geometry and the golden triangle. My shapes became naive and asymmetric in my search for balance. I think this is reflecting on how my mind works and the ability to be both structured and creative at the same time. Qualities I enjoy using when I start up new projects.