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5 Icelandic designers you have to know

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Culture | No Comments

Meet our favourite Icelandic designers. It goes without saying – they are outstanding! Icelandic design, Scandinavian design.

In Ice­land not only nature can amaze you. Amidst the unearth­ly land­scapes, real­ly tal­ent­ed peo­ple cre­ate tru­ly stun­ning things. Meet our favourite Ice­landic design­ers. It goes with­out say­ing – they are outstanding!


Shaman’s hands

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Vík Prjóns­dót­tir is an Ice­landic design brand owned by Bryn­hildur Páls­dót­tir, Gudfinna Mjöll Mag­nús­dót­tir and Thuríður Sig­urþórs­dót­tir. These ladies have their own, unique style. Their projects are real­ly orig­i­nal and what’s more incred­i­bly opti­mistic, fairy-like, with some kind of child­like sweet­ness, and made of high-qual­i­ty Ice­landic wool. Vík Prjóns­dót­tir also has great eyes for colours, they know exact­ly when ener­getic tones should be dimmed with some sooth­ing shades of grey. Thanks to them you can eas­i­ly move into the world of fan­ta­sy. The result is tru­ly fab­u­lous – it works like a real anti­de­pres­sant! Even extreme­ly bad mood will cer­tain­ly go away when you cov­er your­self with a colour­ful blan­ket evok­ing a shape of an exot­ic bird’s wings, wrap up a scarf inspired by heal­ing hands of a shaman or decide to pro­tect your hands from the frost in cute mit­tens with a geo­met­ric print.

Icelandic design The Wing Collection by Vik Prjonsdottir

Icelandic design The Wing Collection by Vik Prjonsdottir

The Wing Col­lec­tion by Vík Prjóns­dót­tir

Peaks and valleys

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Tho­runn Han­nes­dot­tir became famous because of her tables cre­at­ed for an Ice­landic design brand called Færid. While cre­at­ing them, she had in mind the dra­mat­ic Ice­landic land­scapes among which she lives. It’s not so easy to suc­ceed in this kind of con­cept, but Tho­runn trans­formed nature into fur­ni­ture design in a fab­u­lous way. It’s a real poet­ry of geom­e­try pow­ered by alu­minum and con­crete. The per­fect bal­ance of com­po­si­tion and the charm­ing colours of ‘The Berg’ tables made them a sen­sa­tion in the world of design not only in Iceland.

Icelandic design Berg tables by Thorunn Hannesdottir

Icelandic design Berg tables by Thorunn Hannesdottir

Icelandic design Berg tables by Thorunn Hannesdottir

The Berg” tables, Tho­runn Han­nes­dot­tir

Print’s kingdom

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Behind a cloth­ing brand Heli­copter stands a fash­ion design­er Hel­ga Lil­ja Mag­nús­dót­tir. Hel­ga sees the cloth­ing design in a very remark­able way. She defines typ­i­cal clothing’s ele­ments anew with a tru­ly fan­tas­tic fresh­ness. With a great sense of forms and colours, she designs not only beau­ti­ful, but also real­ly com­fort­able clothes. You don’t have to wor­ry if you leave home at dawn and have no time to change your clothes for an impor­tant appoint­ment in the evening. This stuff is just per­fect, great for day­time and evening out­ings. Apart from great prints and cuts, you’re going to be sur­prised also by Helicopter’s great cam­paigns. Just have a look!

Icelandic design Helicopter

Heli­copter

Icelandic design Helicopter

Heli­copter

Icelandic design Helicopter

Heli­copter

Icelandic design Helicopter

Heli­copter

Icelandic design Helicopter

Heli­copter

Zen

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Garðar Eyjólf­s­son is anoth­er design­er who looks for an inspi­ra­tion in the mag­nif­i­cent Ice­landic nature. Garðar was inspired by Ice­landic geot­her­mal areas. In his col­lec­tion of ceram­ics, he used an orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al – sul­phur. The effect was much more than sat­is­fy­ing. The whole set of dish­es is very min­i­mal­is­tic and if we didn’t know that we have a set of bowls in front of our eyes, they could be con­sid­ered as con­tem­po­rary sculp­tures. It all looks like an Ice­landic ver­sion of zen.

Icelandic design Gardar Eyjolfsson

Garðar Eyjólf­s­son

Icelandic design Gardar Eyjolfsson

Garðar Eyjólf­s­son

Icelandic design Gardar Eyjolfsson

Garðar Eyjólf­s­son

The Map and the Territory

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Pao­lo Gian­francesco is a gen­tle­man from Italy, who moved to Ice­land a long time ago. He is famous for his artis­tic trans­for­ma­tion of maps. How to do some­thing out­stand­ing from an object rec­og­nized by many peo­ple as some­thing pure­ly util­i­tar­i­an if not banal? Cer­tain­ly it is not easy, but the exam­ple of Pao­lo shows that it is pos­si­ble. His fas­ci­na­tion with car­tog­ra­phy has result­ed in a series of fifty gor­geous city maps known as the ‘Urban shape’. We just can­not take our eyes off them!

Icelandic design Paolo Gianfrancesco Urban Shape

Pao­lo Gian­francesco, Urban Shape

Icelandic design Paolo Gianfrancesco Urban Shape

Pao­lo Gian­francesco, Urban Shape

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