Designer and crime writer Sigurjón Pálsson has portrayed the puffin, which marks the coming of spring each year in his Icelandic hometown. With this endearing little wooden figure, he has captured the sympathetic and slightly melancholic expression that makes this charismatic bird so loveable.
"I have been well acquainted with this beautiful little bird since my childhood growing up in Húsavík – a small fishing village on the north coast of Iceland. There, the puffin is a sign that spring is on the way, much like the whales that pop up in the bay at around the same time. The enormous puffin colony of Lundy was quite literally located just outside my bedroom window, allowing me to appreciate these fantastic creatures every single day. It's for that reason they are so dear to me, and why I want everyone to be able to enjoy their company, wherever they live."
The design process began far away from the Icelandic coast – namely while Sigurjón Pálsson and his wife were in Bali. It was on this exotic faraway island that he carved his very first puffins from Bali teak, equipped with little more than a small axe, a hammer and a chisel that he had bought at the local market. That is how Puffin came to be made from a single piece of wood. With two small legs balancing the plump body, the bird sits upright and looks out with its adorable eyes. This hand-painted wooden bird brings ambience and life, making it a charming addition to any home.
Puffin / Papegaaiduiker
Size & Weight:
H: 16 x W: 9 x D: 10 cm
The figure is made of painted birch.