As the year draws to its end, we turned to the local designers and collaborators to look back at the past 12 months.

Greipur Gislason, festival director, DesignMarch

What was the highlight of 2011 within Icelandic design to you?

I would have to say striking results that Capacent poll gave us regarding the nations participation in DesignMarch 2011. More than 1 of every 4 inhabitant in Iceland visited an event in the festival program. Buha!

Which designer(s), product(s) or brand(s) charmed you off your feet last year?
Since I am a desert person I really liked the Skyr confectionary from Erpsstaðir, premiered at Lækjartorg during DesignMarch. OMG.

What do you wish for the Icelandic design scene in 2012?

If the 2012 will be at least as good and fruit full as its predecessor and the DesignMarch just a little bit better than the last one, I am happy and then we are “on a green limp”.

Karna Sigurdardóttir, Glamour etcetera

What was the highlight of 2011 within Icelandic design to you?

Highlight in 2011 would be MAKE by Þorpið. I hope people get it. It’s a frog. Crown. Prince. Thing.

Which designer(s), product(s) or brand(s) charmed you off your feet last year?

I think Þórunn’s Sasa clock is probably the way best Icelandic design I have seen. It’s conceptual, gentle and clear but still remains a product. This hardly ever happens. I am not very much for object (overdosed, you know) and I think she has done a good job with this clock. Also considering she is just starting. She is bursting through the right track…

What do you wish for the Icelandic design scene in 2012?

I wish there will be more critique, more pressure, more professionalism, more thinking, less show-off, less snob, more work, less, and more. All this in 2012 and ahead.