Juletræ [simple christmas tree] 78cm

Designed to represent purity and show how simple design can translate in a minimalistic christmas tree that will casually decorate your home during the Christmas season. The tree comes in a practical tote bag.

Every package includes:

11 wooden elements - Base, shaft, branches

Limited Edition!

Jólatré [christmas tree] 70cm

an easy to build wooden Christmas tree decoration that is hand-made from beech tree and coated with white water-based paint. It is only natural that there might be some knots or bias in the wood, contributing to the intended charm of Jólatré.  

Jólatré c an be used year after year and comes in durable packaging so you can store it safely for the next Christmas season.

Every high quality box includes:

15 wooden elements - Base, shaft, branches, star
12 snow flakes - Hand-crocheted cotton yarn
12 candles - 100% Paraffin,  D:12mm;  H:110mm;  B: >1,5h
Manual and Safety Instructions

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Jólatré - Not just a Christmas Tree. A piece of Icelandic history

Jólatré [christmas tree] is designed to bring back the memory of the handmade Icelandic Christmas tree. The story tells that in the early 19th century Icelandic families used to make their own handmade Christmas trees, since the only pine trees available were imported and a rare luxury. An old tradition brought back to spread happiness and joy is now shared with you. Read the full story about the tradition regarding Christmas trees in Iceland on the homepage of the National Museum of Iceland.

Jólatré [christmas tree] is also sold in the National Museum of Iceland Gift Shop.

About Jólatré

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Jólatré Design [christmas tree] © All rights reserved 2013 - 2018

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Icelandic Desig‍‍‍n

‍‍‍BJÖRGVIN ÞORVARÐARSON‍‍‍

The Story

BJÖRGVIN ÞORVARÐARSON,

an Icelandic carpenter, designed Jólatré [christmas tree]  to bring back the memory of the handmade Christmas tree. The story tells that in the early 19th century Icelandic families used to make their own handmade Christmas trees, since the only pine trees available were imported and a rare luxury. An old tradition brought back to spread happiness and joy to his own family is now shared with you.

BJÖRGVIN ÞORVARÐARSON,

en islandsk tømrer, designede Jólatré [christmas tree] for at tilbagebringe mindet om det håndlavede juletre. Historien fortæller at islandske familier i det tidlige 19. århundrede byggede små håndlavede juletræer, da de eneste tilgængelige grantræer var importerede og en sjælden luksusvare. En gammel tradition, bragt tilbage for at sprede glæde og smil i hans egen familie, er nu delt med jer.

During Advent in 2009 my family and I visited the local folk museum in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, which houses a wide collection of items from past centuries. My daughter in-law took notice of some old Christmas trees made from wood. Since there were no pine forests in Iceland in the early nineteen hundreds, it had become tradition to handcraft trees from wood, cover the branches with heather flowers and attach candles to them.

It crossed my mind that it could be fun to design and craft trees inspired by this tradition: trees that would reflect the old trees but would have a modern design. I came upon some cylindrical bars from a crib and decided to use them as branches for a crafted Christmas tree. The bole and foot I made from pine, and a star from plywood. At first I used candle clamps to attach candles to the branches, but later these developed into handmade candleholders from wire.

To my great pleasure the trees started to grab much more attention and in the next few years I designed and crafted the version that is produced today, handmade from A-Z. The snowflakes, used to decorate the tree, were designed and crocheted by grandma (my wife). The very first trees were presented as gifts to our children and grandchildren, friends and relatives. Soon we found it necessary to be able to pack them for storage when not in use, and also in handy packaging, easy to grab in the busy Christmas time.

Björgvin Kr. Þorvarðarson

I adventstiden år 2009, besøgte min familie og jeg det lokale folkemuseum i Stykkishólmur, Island, som udstiller en bred samling af genstande fra tidligere århundreder. Min svigerdatter lagde mærke til nogle gamle juletræer fremstillet af træ. Da der ikke fandtes fyrreskove på Island i begyndelsen af det nittende århundrede, var der opstået en tradition med at bygge håndlavede juletræer af træ. Dengang svøbte man lyng om grenene og satte lys fast for enden af dem.

Det faldt mig ind at det kunne være sjovt at designe og bygge træer inspireret af denne tradition: træer, som ville afspejle de gamle træer, men med et moderne design. Jeg havde fået foræret nogle cylindriske stænger fra en krybbe og besluttede mig for at bruge dem som grene til et juletræ. Stammen og foden lavede jeg af fyrretræ, og stjernen savede jeg ud af krydsfiner. I begyndelsen brugte jeg lysholdere med klemmer til at fastgøre stearinlysene på grenene, men disse udviklede sig senere til håndlavede lysholdere af ståltråd.

Til min store glæde begyndte træerne at vække opmærksomhed, og i de næste par år designede og udformede jeg den version der er produceret i dag, håndlavet fra A-Å. De snefnug, der anvendes til at pynte træet, er designet og hæklet af bedstemor (min kone). De allerførste træer blev foræret til vores børn og børnebørn, venner og bekendte, som gaver. Snart fandt vi det nødvendigt at være i stand til at pakke dem sammen til opbevaring når de ikke er i brug, i praktisk emballage der nemt kan gribes med i den travle juletid.

Björgvin Kr. Þorvarðarson

In the media

HANDGERÐ JÓLATRÉ FRÁ STYKKISHÓLMI - EPAL (IS)

Jólatré [christmas tree] Magazine (EN)

DesignMarch| Kraum by blog.icelanddesign (IS)

DesignMarch Programme (IS)

Jólatré@KRAUM by DesignMarch.is  (IS)

EUROWOMAN Blogger / Emily Salomon (DK)

Liebhaverboligen (DK)

Jólatré [christmas tree] Booklet

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