Good morning!

Every day up until the 24th, we will ask one of our international friends – journalists, designers, curators and other wonderful folks – to select something that relates to Iceland and/or Icelandic design and architecture, and to tell us, who they would like to give it to.

I hope you are as excited as we are to hear designer, Bang&Olufsen Design Director Johannes Torpe‘s pick. Here we go:

Back in 2003 I visited Tate modern in London and saw ‘The Weather Project’ with the beautiful sun and the reflections. I have been a fan of Olafur Eliasson ever since. The project reminded me of how the cold winter months in Iceland are so dark that the sun rarely shows. If I could, I would give ‘The Weather Project’ to the people of Reykjavik, so they can always go and see the beautiful colors the sun brings out in its surroundings.

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Johannes Torpe started his own design business when he was fourteen years old. At age 17, Johannes was one of one the most sought-after lighting designers in Denmark. His boisterousness and playful personality have formed the basis of his motto: “If it feels like work, you’re doing it wrong.”

Today, he leads Johannes Torpe Studios, a multidisciplinary design studio with headquarters based in Copenhagen Denmark and partner studios in Beijing, Italy, Hong Kong and New York. He is also a Creative Director of Bang & Olufsen.

We met Johannes when he gave an inspiring talk at the 13Al+ conference earlier this fall.

Image courtesy of Johannes Torpe Studios.
Previous Entries:

1.12. Tanja Sipilä, Design Forum Finland

2.12. Bobby Solomon, The Fox is Black

3.12. Ragna Fróda

4.12. Nathan Woodhead, The Brooklyn Brothers

5.12. Daniel Byström, Designnation

6.12. Aalto+Aalto

7.12. Siggi Eggertsson

8.12. Jan Stavik, Norwegian Design Council

9.12. Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdóttir

10.12. Dagur Eggertsson, Rintala Eggertsson Architects

11.12. Johan Arnø Kryger, Danish Fashion Institute