Just saw this new item pop up at my favorite Icelandic design shop, Birkiland. The Nordurmyrin by 7-9-13 Design Group is a meat cutting board designed to mimic the streets of an actual neighborhood in east Reykjavik.
Nordurmyrin is a meat cutting- and serving board. It draws its name from a neighbourhood in the old east of Reykjavik. Its street names are named after renowned characters in the old icelandic sagas: Landnama, Laxdaela and Njala. These are examples of the street names: Audargata, Gudrunargata, Gunnarsbraut and Skarphedinsgata. When meat is cut on the board the blood juices rush down the streets. It refers to the conflicts that arose in the societies of the second and third generations of Icelandic settlers.
The blood juices run down the streets?! Excuse me while I put on my Bill the Butcher costume and whip out the credit card, this cutting board is the most gruesomely awesome kitchen implement of 2011.
Artist Laurie Frick describes her work as being a fine line between art and neuroscience. Using aggregate data gathered from nightly EEG activity as a starting point she creates visual patterns and rhythms which are transformed into sprawling grids of cardboard, wood, and paper magazine fragments.
Formerly an executive in high-technology, she also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. Using her background in engineering and high-technology she explores science, compulsive organization and the current culture of continual partial attention. The body of work for her upcoming show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture are experiments in rhythm using time studies of daily activity logs and sleep charts. Capturing the way we slice our time, waking and sleeping reflects a familiar human rhythm and replays something inherently unnoticed back into the physical world. [...] All are built from modest materials that look and feel familiar and hold a sensibility of time. Materials register with familiar texture we’ve all touched and experienced. Recycled cardboard, hand towels, junk mail, gallery cards, old paper-back book covers, and in this exhibition found wood eyeglass trays from an old warehouse in Omaha, Nebraska.
The set would come in the font of your choice or with an assorted font pack. The scrabble board and interior box are made out of solid walnut, and the exterior box is made from birch. Each of the 6 board pieces is magnetized to fit together perfectly and each piece slides nicely into its respective slot in the box and is secured by interior magnets as well. The interior of the exterior box as well as the bottoms of the 6 board pieces are lined with cork, to protect them while in use.
A game board this sexy could reinvigorate an entire industry. Nice work Andrew. (via lovely package)
This sure beats colored plastic letters, although it could prove challenging to spell ‘poop’ with the east coast when mom isn’t looking. The whole puzzle measures about 12″ wide by 7″ tall and is made of solid oak. Beautiful. Pick one up on for $55. (thnx, megan!)