Shaving Brush & Cup
A classic shaving brush of the highest quality, crafted with a handle of beech and finished with handmade, soft and quick-drying synthetic fibres. A rich lather is achieved using even small amounts of shaving soap, with this fine quality brush.
- Made in Germany
- ØxH: 4.5 x 10.5 cm
Shaving cup in concrete with shaving soap. Soft concrete is an innovative material made by including a small addition of polymers, and as a result the concrete becomes elastic and pliable. It contains no environmentally harmful substances. Soft concrete retains the characteristics of a resilient stone material, but with a smooth, pleasant feel to it. Varying smoothness and colour variations occur on the surface of this concrete, due to the irregularities of the crafting technique, which add to the vibrant and unique expression in each piece. The products are moulded by hand in a small foundry outside of Stockholm. The concrete is cast of a relatively viscous mass that causes the surface to receive a varying smoothness and colour variations occurs, this contributes to the vibrant impression.
- Made in Sweden
- ØxH: 5.5 x 9 cm
Made by Iris Hantverk, who hire and support visually impaired craftspeople to create many of their beautiful and functional products.
In the late 1800s a small brush manufacturing started out in Stockholm. It was a successful movement, so successful that it remains today. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand.
Today we are 17 employees at Iris Hantverk. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 6 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. We also work with visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Like us, they too have a history strongly connected to the visual impairments movement.
Since August 2012, Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll run the company. In 2012 Social Departement withdrew the aid disbursed for depot activities for visually impaired craftsmen. That had been the main revenue for that function since the 1950s. Iris Hantverk’s owner at that time then decided to sell the company to us - both having worked for many years in the company and its management. We are both very glad to take over and operate on this company that holds so much history and tradition. In particular, we appreciate the support visually impaired craftsmen have from De Blindas Väl whose generous contributions have made this website and webshop. We care very much for the craftsmen and the survival of the brush binding manufacturer. We believe that many like us appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand-drawn brush made of natural materials.