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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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