We juxtapose our natural gray salmon leather accessories and the purple flower clusters of the Alaska lupine. We use this to position ourselves in the Icelandic landscape. We cultivate our roots again and again. In the time of flowering, the violet follows the course of the water. The contrast between the barren conditions and the lively color of the flower seems puzzling to us. Like the Alaska lupine, Rothöll also forms a symbiosis with the environment. In the context of mindfulness, we grow up and feel good.
Natural gray salmon leather and the alaska lupine
Alaska lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis)
A new color for the Icelandic summer
The dense, upright flower clusters shape the Icelandic landscape in the summer months. The Alaska Lupin can be found in coastal areas, floodplains and in the highlands. The stamina and humility of this herbaceous plant is surprising. It thrives on gravel surfaces, sandy substrates and nutrient-poor soils. With the help of nodule bacteria embedded in its roots, the lupin can convert atmospheric nitrogen into organic nitrogen allowing nutrients to accumulate in the soil. The lupin fertilizes the ground and holds it together with its deep tap roots. Icelanders have made use of these beneficial properties since the 19th century. However, the Alaska lupine tends to dominate, populating areas that are already overgrown. It displaces the local flora and reduces biodiversity. For this reason, the plant is removed in certain areas.
Natural gray salmon leather
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
Salmon skin has small, neatly arranged scale pockets resulting in leather that looks both lavish and delicate. Often the lateral line of the fish is recognisable and enriches an otherwise quiet texture with fascinating colour nuances.
What is special about the natural gray salmon leather is that it shows the natural pigmentation of the fish. Since every fish is different, every leather is unique.
The salmon skin is preserved using the mineral tanning technique. The Icelandic tannery only uses hides from edible fish that would otherwise be thrown away as waste from the fish processing industry. The fish skins come from aquacultures from the North Atlantic, such as around the Faroe Islands and Norway, and not from endangered wildlife populations. The fish are not listed in the Washington Conservation Agreement (CITES).