Now here is something we are really proud of:

Siggi Eggertsson has designed his first full-wall mural for our office here at the Iceland Design Centre. In place of a traditional sign post, we wanted to add something interesting to the Reykjavik cityscape – known for its beautiful urban art – and to put the Iceland Design Centre on the map!

Here is the blank canvas as of 9 AM last Friday:

 

 

SWR had painted a grid on the wall the night before. They then moved on to painting on the grid, based on the original illustration by Siggi Eggertsson.

 

Do you know Siggi‘s work already? If not, hurry up and check it out! One of the leading names of Icelandic design, Eggertsson, 28, studied in the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Following his graduation in 2006, he has worked widely in illustration, graphic design, typography and animation, with previous clients include WallpaperWiredNew York TimesIceland AirwavesCoca Cola, Nike, Nokia and Mulberry. Eggertsson designed the DesignMarch 2011 festival identity for Iceland Design Centre. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

 

Throughout the day, there were plenty of curious passers-by, peeking over the shoulders of the painters. In the afternoon, we invited our friends to join in a party to celebrate summer  – and our new, beautiful mural!

 

And here, below, it is finally ready! What do you think?

In times of  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we love the way Eggertsson was inspired by old Icelandic stamps. An essential means of communication, what better way to mark the Iceland Design Centre that promotes, supports, communicates and collaborates on Icelandic design?

 

Finally, a big thank you to Siggi for making us all so happy to come to work every morning, to the painters’ group SWR for a job fantastically done, to Slippfélag for the paint and finally to Hulda Sif who documented the whole undertaking – see her beautiful shots of the day above.

 

Photography by Hulda Sif