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.



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