BERG is a collection of hexagonal storage boxes by Thórunn Arnadóttir, introduced in Harpa during DesignMarch 2013.

Inspired by basalt columns, hexagonal rock formations that are a prominent feature in Icelandic landscape. BERG is designed for Brúnás,  a cabinet making workshop that works with surfaces, veneers and laminates.

BERG makes use of their specialized skills at imitating natural materials. The storage boxes are like faux basalt columns,

“The basalt columns are by nature very geometric, and can have a beautiful disorientating shadows in them. I wanted to play with the boundaries of “faking” something, to make it look like a natural product, a heavy massive piece of stone, but at the same time have something that is obviously artificial about it by mixing materials and playing with optical illusion geometry.”

For BERG, Brúnás uses smaller offcuts of their faux stone veneer and MDF from their workshop, which are usually too small for kitchen tops.


BERG comes in 3 different heights and can be used as small side tables, stools and storages. They can grouped together in clusters to form a bigger landscape of tables. The edge of the lid and the edge of the box are sloped in opposite directions, creating a good grip to lift the lid off the box.

BERG is part of a collaboration project between Thorunn and Make by Þorpið, a project about mapping and finding new opportunities to utilize the skills, equipment, materials and production methods that exist in East Iceland with the vision to design products that are ready for production with as little adjustments or investments as possible.

“Most of the production companies are serving a small market and many of them have not expanded their business in decades. They are built on manual skills and craft rather than big industrial production. That kind of production should be perfect for product development and to test drive new products in a small scale market. The idea is to develop products with the companies, along their production processes, both technically and conceptually. That way I hope to create products that have an relevant link to their origin, both production wise and culturally.” For more on MAKE, see here.


Images courtesy of the designer