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!
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.
Peaks and valleys
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.
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!
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.
The Map and the Territory
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!
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