When we first posted on Iris Hantverk a while back, the Swedish-made products were difficult to find in the US. Now several online sources carry the line, handcrafted for more than a hundred years by the Iris Group, which employs visually impaired artisans. Each brush is constructed of hardwoods with natural bristles that are hand wired, rather than glued, providing an ecological alternative to plastic throwaway brushes. These are domestic implements we’d be happy to hang on the wall instead of hiding in the broom closet.
Above: The Dustpan and Brush Set includes a horsehair brush and polypropalene dustpan and can be hung on a single hook; $55 at Design Within Reach. For our UK readers, the set is available for £18.75 at Peddlars.
Above: Iris Hantverk Table Brush; $50 at Design Within Reach.
Above: Iris Hantverk Dustpan and Broom, powder-coated steel dustpan with beech and horsehair brush; $52 at Kiosk.
Above: Standing Height Dustpan and Broom with a vibrant green dustpan; $100 at Design Within Reach.
Above: Unveiled at the 2008 Maison & Objet in Paris, the Iris Hantverk cardboard dustpan and brush seems to have disappeared from the retail world (it was our Remodelista holiday gift in 2008). We hope it will come back.
Above: Iris Hantverk hand-wired brushes are made by hand, one at a time.