Every design lover may be well-versed in Scandi-chic. But have you had a look at what the up-and-coming Icelandic designers can do too?
Cast your eyes on Icelandic design, vis-a-vis the annual DesignMarch festival. Held in late March in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík, this annual design fair also marks the first signs of spring in the country.
Organised by the Iceland Design Centre, the ninth edition of the fair showcases the best of its design scene, from fashion, furniture, architecture to graphic design; it gives you a peek at what the local creative types have been up to, alongside exciting international brands such as Bjarke Ingels, Muuto, Artek and Vitra.
Bring a touch of such Nordic design home, by zooming in on these local homeware and furniture collaborations. Here’s a round-up of our favourite booths at the design fair.
Icelandic design and lifestyle company FÓLK showcased the Urban Nomad collection, a selection of shelves and accessories designed in collaboration with designer Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson. Made for the minimalistic lifestyle, each piece is designed to travel with you easily from one apartment to the next.
The exhibition 1+1+1 is a creative mash-up between the work of design brands from three countries: Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden, and Aalto+Aalto from Finland. Each designer makes an object in three parts; last year it was a candlestick, and this year it’s a vase. The parts are switched to create an end product over which none of the designers has full control, thus creating an unexpected dialogue of design.
Image Credit: Eygló
iHanna Home offers high quality textiles with a playful graphic touch, for anyone looking to bring Nordic inspiration to their abodes, everything from fluffy blankets to cheerful tea towels.
Image Credit: Eygló/ iHanna Home
Roundabout Baltic Plus Iceland exhibition
This exhibition showcases the most iconic works of designers from the stretch of the Baltic Sea. It portrays the visual connection between the designers, and the seaside landscape that influences their designs.
Image Credit: Eygló/ Roundabout Iceland
Shapes of sounds by Þórunn Árnadóttir displays a wonderful example of adaptive reuse, where soundboards, once made for Chinese toys that no longer work, have been salvaged and granted a second life in minimalistic cases made of Icelandic material.
Image Credit: Lilja Jónsdóttir
UM by Ingibjörg Ósk Þorvaldsdóttir
UM by Ingibjörg Ósk Þorvaldsdóttir means to surround, and refers to the interaction and integration of clay and wood in objects. Plywood for instance, partially surrounds a candlestick, as well as a set of bowls made from clay.
Image credit: Ingibjörg Ósk Þorvaldsdóttir