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Staka

An Icelandic duo's first accessories collection references the nation's most prolific saga with Viking Age materials

by Karen Day in Style on 29 March 2012

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Staka marks the first collection in an ongoing series between Icelandic product designers María Kristín Jónsdóttir and Bylgja Svansdóttir, comprising a curious mix of finely crafted unisex leather neck accessories. The aristocratic vibe of each piece stems from the design duo's concept for the range, which draws inspiration from one of Iceland's most notorious narratives, the Brennu-Njáls saga. Like all Icelandic sagas, the author remains anonymous, but the extensive storyline is centered around a familial feud which brings the idea of masculinity into question. The designers were also particularly taken by the tale's leading lady, Hallgerður Langbrók, a femme fatale "who was notorious for her majestic appearance and temperament", explains Svansdóttir.

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Cut and molded from "Viking Age materials", each piece is designed to tell a story about the wearer's social status, but the beauty lies in their ambiguity. "We want each person to have the freedom to decide their own story and social status," explains Svansdóttir. "The responses we've gotten so far have been very interesting, people guessing which pieces famous characters from The Icelandic Sagas would have worn, etc."

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Each equipped with their own portfolio of distinct works, the pair met while both exhibiting at Reykjavik's Spark Design Space. Having bonded over a shared passion for unconventional jewelry and accessories design, they will continue to evolve the Staka line together, adding to the exciting range of unusual statement pieces.

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Staka 2012 is available in limited supply at 38 þrep in Reykjavik, which stocks an equally exciting inventory of fashion and design goods.

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