Every day up in December, we have asked 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. We turned to Max Dager, director of the Nordic House for the last Christmas calendar of this year. Here is his wonderfully inspiring answer:

I – of course – choose a Nordic cooperation project. I love the small scale fantastic out-of-the-box boxes by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. They give me joy, inspiration and a feeling that everything is possible. Here is the wonderful floating public sauna in Rosendal.





And as a link to Vatnsmyrí in Reykjavik, the watchtower of Lake Seljord. From the watchtower to the same joyful inspirations in the installations around the urban wetland by Brynhildur Pálsdóttir and  Magnea  Þ. Guðmundsdóttir.


This will be my christmas gift to the Prime Minister Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson and the Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson with sincere hopes of a compassionate and innovative new year. 😉


Max Dager has been the director of the Nordic House since august 2007, and we have collaborated with him regularly, most importantly with DesignMatch, organized at the Nordic House during DesignMarch.

Images Courtesy of the Nordic House, Photographer Mira Mykkänen