Andreas Engesvik’s colourful Bunad Blankets are steeped in Norwegian history. The Oslo-based designer looked to the traditional textiles used for folk costumes in his home country to create this series of contemporary coverings.
The idea came to him while watching his family members wearing their time-honoured garb on Christmas eve, whizzing around the kitchen in a blur of colour.
From over 400 different styles of bunad in Norway today, Engesvik selected six distinct patterns and palettes to adapt. He took the colour proportions from each regional outfit and designed striped patterns using a zig-zagging weave.
The blankets are woven entirely from wool, right down to the tassels, by a textile company that’s nearly a century old, and still makes the garments that inspired Engesvik’s designs. Bunads are traditionally worn for special occasions – especially Norway’s national holiday on 17 May – but these blankets can be used year-round as throws, as decorative hangings or what blankets are best for: snuggling under on a cold winter’s night.
First launched during the London Design Festival in 2012, the Bunad Blankets are available to purchase at design store SCP’s east and west locations in the city.