Finnish-Icelandic jewelry exhibition Water and Earth opened in Hanasaari Cultural Centre World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 yesterday.

One of the participants is Orr, jeweller duo Ástþór Helgason and Kjartan Örn Kjartansson.

Ástþór Helgason worked metal for the first time with his uncle Þór at the tender age of 12, and began jewellery studies at the
age of 19. Kjartan Örn Kjartansson grew up in Akureyri, in northern Iceland, and studied to be a goldsmith at Jens in Reykjavik.
In 2000, they founded Orr, where they have since worked.

From the start, Helgason and Kjartansson have been trailblazers. Their designs are bold and creative. The majority of Orr’s production consists of handmade custom pieces. Even in those cases where several pieces are created from the same design, each is slightly different.

The works emerge out of continuous dialogue between the designers. They have different personalities, but share a predilection for tremendous amounts of hard work. Design, experimentation, and production all take place at the Orr workshops, in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. The workshop is full of tools, materials (primarily silver, gold, white gold, and platinum), creative energy, and bustling ambiance. The workspace creates an interesting contrast to the serene minimalist retail space upstairs, where the finished products are displayed.

Finnish-Icelandic jewelry exhibition Water and Earth opens in Hanasaari Cultural Centre in World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 today.

The exhibition features five Finnish and five Icelandic designer teams. In the next days, we will introduce all the Icelandic designers partaking in the exhibition.

Stay tuned – will keep posting about Icelandic jewellery designers during the next week!

For more information, log on to the Hanaholmen website.