Everyone in Reykjavik should be busy this week, devouring as much design nourishment as you can fit in your design tummies. And when you are out on your binge, it is more than likely you will run into Glamour because we have been asked to make the DesignMarch documentary, giving us a legitimate reason to be the greediest little piggies of all.

Last night we headedfirst to the Nordic House on Sturlugata to attend the opening party for Kjammi og kók, or Sheep Heads & Soda – Icelandic Cuisine in Containers.
The exhibition featured more than 14 artists’ works, which took inspiration from traditional Icelandic form and food preparations. The place was buzzing with interested, interesting-looking people, and Viktor immediately set about making them feel uncomfortable by filming the room.

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This man completely captured my attention.

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And this guy looks like he knows magic.

When we are playing back the footage in the studio, there is always this moment when the person being filmed looks directly at the lens and realises they are being filmed. Even if it’s only for a flicker of a second, and they instantly pretend not to notice, after that moment their gestures and their posture are no longer the same. If you were one of those people, I am sorry*.

There were a few distinct standout pieces for us, and I’m going to tell you what they are,

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These are the work of Anna Sigríður Hróðmarsdóttir, and we all found them really quite beautiful.
We felt as though her pots are loyal to the idea of what ceramics are for us, down to the colour,
I felt as though they told a story. Karna remembers how her granny used to have holes in the handles of her pots, to feed string through and hang on hooks above the stove.
The little sheep head handles are playful without becoming a gimmick, and the unusual handles contrasting with classic shape of the pot makes me feel as though the handles had a function, rather than being there for the sake of it. This artist was a real star for us.

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Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir is an artist that I have appreciated for a little while now. Glamour was in the East last week showing a piece in the 700is festival, and while we were there I had the chance to attend a local craft and design exhibition at the supercool Hús Handanna in Egilstadir where I came across her incredible little bowls with glistening interiors in petal like blooms that she calls fireroses.
The design of her containers at the Nordic House are simpler, inkeeping with the directive of the exhibition, but her skill is unmissable. Her use of color is restrained and subtle.
The lids are snug on the dishes, everything is well weighted, the pleasing circle patterns accentuate their perfect symmetry.

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We thought this bowl by Inga Elin was just plain gorgeous.

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And Árdis Olgeirsdóttir´s pieces jumped right into our hearts. They have a great shape, and the knitted blue and white bands in traditional Icelandic patterns were pretty damn cute, but what really got us is that the little white vessels are printed with fragments of poetry from Hávamál, a 13th century poem attributed to Odin, which presented advice and rules to live by in verse.

Karna spotted her favourite line, and attempted to translate it for me. She got as far as:
“sheep dies or family dies, you might even die yourself.”

Here is a slightly more lovely translation:

Cattle die, and kinsmen die.
Thyself eke soon wilt die;
but fair fame will fade never,
I ween, for him who wins it.
Cattle die, and kinsmen die.
Thyself eke soon wilt die;
one thing I wot, wilt wither never:
the doom over each one dead.

The exhibition runs til the 30th. Go take a look.
– Sahra

* But you were asking for it when you left the house being so interesting-looking.