In September 2017 we visited Maison et Objet, Paris, for the first time to source products for our first collection.
How Hive Found Iris
If you have ever been you will know there is no show like it on earth for homeware and interior design, it’s a huge collection of innovation and talent all in one place. We didn’t have any preconceptions of the event and when we arrived it was a little overwhelming, although there was bus service to get you around the 8 exhibitions halls housing over 9,500 brands!
After several hours we were running late to meet suppliers we had booked appointments with, but rushing past a stand, we had to stop. The stand had an outstanding collection of minimal, beautifully crafted brushes and textiles that we knew straight away we had to have. We started talking to Alexandra, who told us they were all made by the same company: Iris Hantverk
At the heart of Iris Hantverk is brush-binding manufacturing, which they do in Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede Sweden – here, 5 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition.
Alexandra shared that in 2012 the Socialdepartementet (the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Sweden) withdrew the aid disbursed for depot activities for visually impaired craftsmen. That had been the main revenue source for that function since the 1950s. Iris Hantverk’s owner at that time then decided to sell the company to Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll, both having worked for many years in the company and its management.
Richard & Sara are both very glad to take over and operate this company that holds so much history and tradition. They care so much for the craftsmen and the survival of the brush binding manufactory.
Richard & Sara believe that many like us at Hive appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand-drawn brush made of natural materials – it’s this belief that drives them to work so hard to ensure we can share their story and product today.
Shop the collection HERE.