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, it is Ilona Gurjanova‘s turn:

As I like the product design from 1930s, the Bauhaus period, I found some interesting furniture with Icelandic touch in the exhibition Chance Encounters – Towards Modernity in Icelandic Design, held in the Iceland Museum of Design and Applied Art. They seem classic yet look so modern!

I would like to give the collection to the people who admire cultural heritage.


Ilona Gurjanova is a graphic designer and a Chairman of the board of the Estonian Association of Designers from Tallinn, Estonia. She has initiated the establishing of design policy bases in Estonia and has worked as Project Manager for the Design Information Centre – Ministry of Economy and Communication of Estonia. She has been the main curator of several projects promoting Estonian design at home and abroad, organising exhibitions, seminars, competitions. In 2006 Ilona Gurjanova started to organise the design festival DesignNight in Tallinn, Estonia.


Image by Alma Sigurdardóttir