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. Today, we put our intern Adriana in the spotlight. Here is her lovely answer:


I came to Iceland trying to find a sense of purpose and got so much more! Ever since I got here, everybody keeps asking me what’s the craziest thing I’ve come to know about Iceland or icelanders.

Well, I’ve always been fascinated by the country and I’ve seen and read so many things about it, that I can’t honestly say I wasn’t expecting most of it. So the greatest surprise of it all, was when I learnt and got to experience how warmhearted and loving everyone is.

For these past months I’ve been collecting their love, their stories, the little affinities and infinities and every small kindness and nice gesture have multiplied and made me feel warm and deeply happy like I never was.

People in Iceland have a light of their own, a very strong resilience, they dance to the rythm of an imaginary song, they don’t take life too seriously and they drink like there is no tomorrow.

So in a world that is getting poor on dreams I would like to value friendship and uniqueness by giving these ceramic glasses by Kristín Garðarsdóttir to my colleagues and my new friends who became the spots of colour that paint my, otherwise very bland, life.

I would especially give these inspiring glasses to Halla Helgadóttir and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir to whom I am ever so grateful for everything, but above all, for their care and kindness which I will forever cherish.

I’ve also come to realize that I always forget and take for granted a graceful existence, ever present and constant supporting person that has pushed me forward no matter what. So last but not least, I would give a beautiful vase by Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir to my mommy dearest, Filomena Pacheco, who loves flowers and always buys them in memory of gramma, and who so often puts her dreams aside so that mine can be.

To my old friends, to my new friends and to those who are yet to come, I wish you a very merry Christmas!

PS. Can I give a Björk to everybody?

Adriana is our wonderful intern from Portugal. She is currently finishing up her master’s degree on Editorial Projects and Graphic Design in the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. You can see more of her work here.


Images courtesy of the designers.