Harnessing Iceland’s Molten Lava to Create Building Materials

Architects at Reykjavík-based Studio Arnhildur Pálmadóttir are researching ways to harness molten lava from Iceland’s volcanoes to use as a natural building material; an alternative to current materials which are responsible for 11% of annual global CO2 emissions. A recent project called Lavaforming details three different ways to cultivate lava: digging trenches for lava to flow into when a volcano erupts, drilling into magma before …

Swedish Small-Batch Gin Ógin Benefits from a Culinary Touch

Chef Jón Óskar Árnason sources hand-picked botanicals, sometimes from his own garden, for this inspired spirit

For chef Jón Óskar Árnason, inspiration for Ógin—a liquid seasoned with raw ingredients sourced from Sweden’s forests, that tempers juniper’s zing with the sweetness of rare arctic raspberries—struck while he was visiting distilleries in Scotland a few years ago. He was taken by how some distillers use raw (not dry) ingredients for their batches. “The way I look at raw materials and botanicals, I know …

Útilykt Fragrance

Fischersund is the Icelandic scent brand created by Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi and his siblings. Their scents are inspired by and made from local botanicals so it was only fitting that Icelandic apparel brand 66°North partnered with them to capture the aroma of coming indoors after being outside in the cold. Útilykt conjurs cold wind through pine trees, snowy sea air and the crispness of …