Happy Monday! How are you all? It’s Christmas calendar time again. Did you see Saturday‘s and Sunday’s picks already, by the way?

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.

For today, we spoke to Stockholm-based Icelandic designer Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdóttir.


A Kelp Bath by Creative Collective Sljím is on my list of the best Christmas Gifts. A fantastic example of rethinking our relationship with our natural resources and things in general – for that matter.

I would invite a carefully selected group of top decision makers in Icelandic society to this authentic, exciting an eye opening experience.

Next on my list would be some quality time in the Hugmyndasmiðja fyrir börn á Kjarvalsstöðum, creative work space for children at the Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstadir designed by Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir designer and co-founder of Creative Collective Vík Prjónsdóttir and more.

I would give every over-worked parent some time off to spend with their children creating, discovering and nurturing creativity in the adventurous world of the workshop. Then enjoy a coffee and hot chocolate and breath in this architectural pearl of ours, Kjarvalsstaðir.

Hlin Helga is the curator for DesignTalks 2014, the opening seminar of DesignMarch. She is an independent designer and curator and a faculty member at the interdisciplinary MFA Program in Experience Design at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
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