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Monthly archive December, 2011

2011 in Review


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… Read more

Christmas Calendar 23 | Linda Björg Arnadottir

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    What is your favorite Icelandic design and who would you like to give it to this Christmas? My favorite Icelandic designs are the carpets by Katrin Ólina, recently shown at Spark Design Space. I would like to give one to my best friend, fashion designer and mountain guide… Read more

Christmas Calendar 22 ❘ Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

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    What is your favorite Icelandic design? The grey Scintilla blanket by Linda Björg Árnadóttir. Who would you like to give it to this Christmas? I would love to be the one who receives it. And who should be the next to answer these questions? Linda Björg Árnadóttir  … Read more

Christmas Calendar 21 ❘ Sigríður Heimisdóttir

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What is your favorite Icelandic design? Aurum makes beautiful jewelry that I have a weakness for… This year, they have new items inspired by corals and made in copper that are amazing. Guðbjörg Ingvarsdóttir has her own design signature and is one of our very best designers. Who would you… Read more

White Christmas

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  This Christmas, Hönnunarsafn Íslands, Museum of design and applied art has set the table with Arabia, Royal Copenhagen, Stavangerflint and other Nordic design treasures. Some Christmas dinner inspiration for you, gjörið þið svo vel!     Hvít Jól is open until January 15. For more information on the exhibition,… Read more

Christmas Calendar 20 ❘ Sigrún Sigvaldadóttir

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What is your favorite Icelandic design? One of my favorite Icelandic design is the calendar by Snæfrid and Hildigunnur. It’s always surprising to see how fast time flies by, it leaves nostalgic memories to see the calendar disappear from the wall. Who would you like to give it to this… Read more

Christmas Calendar 19 ❘ Pétur H. Ármannsson

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What is your favorite Icelandic design? Ceramic model houses with candles inside by Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir – it is my favorite Christmas decoration. Who would you like to give it to this Christmas? SOS Children’s village in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa And who should be the next to answer these… Read more

The Sasa Clock by Thórunn Árnadóttir

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Here is a topical design by a young, up-and-coming designer Thórunn Árnadóttir. The Sasa Clock questions the way we usually look at time – perhaps a useful perspective amidst all the Christmas hurries? Scroll all the way down, we caught up with the London-based designer for a short… Read more

Christmas Calendar 18 | Atli Hilmarsson


What is your favorite Icelandic design? My favorite Icelandic design is my parents’ house, drawn by Ormar Þór Guðmundsson. Modernist design of highest quality. Who would you like to give it to this Christmas? I would like to give this house to my wife. And who should be the next… Read more

Christmas Calendar 17 | Steinþór Kári Kárason

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What is your favorite Icelandic design? One of my favorite icelandic design is the Villa-traktor by architect Manfreð Vilhjálmsson. Here we have a beautiful combination of an understanding of the user and his needs and a clear understanding of the material and, with a sharp eye, expressed in a timeless piece…. Read more