The design team Studio Trippin consists of two IUA alumni, fashion designer Kristín Karlsdóttir and product designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir. They focus on designing various goods, ranging from clothing to furniture, using Icelandic winter horsehides. Last summer the project was funded by the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund and was subsequently nominated for the Icelandic Presidential Innovation Award 2018. This article is adapted from a text by Valdís and Kristín, discussing the project.
The Icelandic Horsehide
In Iceland, people have a controversial relationship with horses, they are both loved as pets and eaten as food. However, horses are not factory farmed in Iceland but mostly bred as pets. Therefore, they are well cared for in their life.
The Icelandic horse gets a thick fur over the winter time and although horsehides are suitable for both leather and fur production these are rarely utilised or tanned in Iceland but mostly considered a byproduct. Instead of disposing of horsehides Studio Trippin suggest that we consider the horsehides as an untapped source of fantastic, versatile material that makes for a good alternative fur.