Fresh, exciting, exotic and not so accessible elsewhere, DesignMarch is a great time to see what is going on in the Icelandic design scene.

Are you an Icelandic design rookie or a besserwisser? Test what you know in the quiz below.

1. What is the word for design in Icelandic?

2. Which of the following is not used as material by Icelandic designers?

  • fish bones
  • foreskin of a whale
  • lava sand
  • elf magic
  • horse shoes

3. Which of the following is an Icelandic designer?

  • Stóll Lampadóttir
  • Katrin Olina
  • Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson
  • Sigur Rós

4. What are most Icelandic buildings covered with?

5. Which of the following is not Icelandic design:

  • Eve Online video game
  • ProPrio Foot prosthetics
  • Nikita Snowboarding clothing
  • Tree wooden coat rack

See the answers after the illustrated Design Quiz below!


1. Hönnun. The word comes from the Nordic mythology where dwarfs were the craftsmen for the gods. One of them was called Hannar, particularly skilled in handicrafts, he gave the name for the entire industry.

2. Horse shoes.

3. Katrin Olina.

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is our president
  • Sigur Rós a rock band
  • with Stóll Lampadóttir we were pulling your leg a bit. Stóll = chair, Lampi=lamp

4. Plates of corrugated iron that both last in the harsh weather and provide natural ventilation.

5. We tricked you – they are all Icelandic, believe it or not!




ps. Like the illustrations? They are by the wonderfully talented Icelandic designer Rán Flygenring,