Miðstöð Hönnunar og Arkitektúrs / Iceland Design and Architecture

DesignMarch 2022 - open for application

Participate in DesignMarch 2022 that takes place from 4th - 8th of May 2022 - open for application till 1st of November. Members of the design associations get a discount of the application fee till 1st of October. 
September 13th, 2021

DesignMarch 2022 will take place on the 4th - 8th of May

Ready to celebrate March in May - again?  Iceland´s largest design festival, DesignMarch,takes place from May 4th - 8th 2022. 
July 7th, 2021

Designer Ýr Þrastardóttir is upcycling sweatpants into hikingboots

Fashion designer Ýr Þrastardóttir is designing hiking boots from sweatpants for Business Iceland´s new marketing campaign. She will be on duty this summer in the city center of Reykjavík ready to change pants into shoes for tourists.
June 24th, 2021

Participates at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion Sezione del Padiglione Italia

Gudjon Bjarnason-Art & Architecture Ateliers (GB-AAA) is  invited to participate at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion Sezione del Padiglione Italia. Curated by Tom Kovac, RMIT University and Alessandro Melis Portsmouth University titled CITYX Venice responds to ‘How will we live together' curated by Hashim Sarkis MIT, organized by La Biennale di Venezia.
June 22nd, 2021

DesignMarch in May happened in Reykjavík 2021

Iceland's annual design festival, DesignMarch, was held for the 13th time from 19-23 May 2021. The festival was a huge success with over 85 shows throughout Reykjavik and the greater capital area. According to participating designers and thousands of guests who attended the shows, DesignMarch was a much welcomed addition to the current turbulent times and was full of optimism and hope. 
May 24th, 2021

Why not? Designing the Spirit of Iceland

For this year’s festival, Icelandair and Design March joined forces and produced a short documentary about the spirit of Iceland within the world of design.
May 19th, 2021

DesignMarch Abroad

DesignMarch in collaboration with the Icelandic Embassies in the Nordic capitals host events in the form of podcasts, taped in the preparation of the festival in Iceland. The aim is to bring together designers from Iceland and the Nordic capitals in an interesting conversation about design and architecture, thereby creating a foreign forum for the festival in collaboration with the embassy and foreign cooperation site.
May 22nd, 2021

It´s happening! DesignMarch in May!

The program for Iceland´s largest design festival is live with around 80 exhibitions that reflects the unique growth of the Icelandic design scene in these turbulent times of change in strong collaboration with the innovation sector, the business community, Icelandic embassies around the world to name a few.
May 10th, 2021

DesignMarch - Designers Take Over

DesignMarch in May is happening - go to our stories and highlights on Instagram and get a glimpse from the behind the scenes with all the amazing participants in the festival this year and their interesting projects
May 9th, 2021

Lecture series - Fashion designer Helga Lára Halldórsdóttir

The lecture is called Mapping theory through practice - the logic of success and failure and a part of the Sneiðmynd lecture series at the Iceland University of the Arts. Helga Lára holds a BA degree from the Iceland University of the Arts and an MFA in fashion design from The Swedish School of Textiles. Since graduating in 2018 she has been a part-time lecturer at the Iceland University of the Arts and The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. The lecture is on Teams, Tuesday April 13th at 12.10.
April 12th, 2021

Do you want to be an exhibition space at DesignMarch in May?

Ásmundarsalur - Hafnartorg - The Nordic house - Gróska - Ásmundarsafn - Museum of Design and Applied Art - Hafnarborg - Seltjarnarnes - Grandi - City center of Reykjavík are among the areas that will be bustling with life from 19th - 23rd of May as exhibition areas at DesignMarch in May 2021. Deadline until April 16th.
April 9th, 2021

Take part in the first Nordic co-design event of the New European Bauhaus

Nordic architects, artists, designers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students and everyone interested are invited to join in creating the Nordic perspective for the New European Bauhaus, an environmental, economic and cultural project instigated by the European Commission.
March 11th, 2021

New MArch programme at the Iceland University of the Arts 

For the first time architecture will be taught on Master‘s level in Iceland, and the first time that local architecture students are given the option of completing their architecture studies in Iceland. The MArch programme is a two-year international programme and will start in the fall 2021. Application deadline for the programme is April 7th.
February 17th, 2021

DesignMarch in May 2021 countdown - 95 days

This year DesignMarch will take place during May 19th-23rd. The selection committee has been kept busy, (with highest record in number of applications) for the last month and has just revealed that over 100 exciting projects will be showcased during the five day festival.
February 12th, 2021

The Icelandic nominations for the Mies van der Rohe Awards

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are pleased to announce the first list of the works competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Icelandic nominations are Drangar guesthouse by Studio Grandi, Gudlaug natural pool by Basalt Architects and The Visitor Centre in Borgarfjörður Eystri by Andersen & Sigurdsson Architects.
February 3rd, 2021

Drangar by Studio Granda wins the Icelandic Design Awards 2020

The Icelandic Design Awards 2020 was announced today, 29th of January, digitally. Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation presented the award to Margrét Harðardóttir and Steve Christer architects from Studio Granda for the project Drangar. 
January 29th, 2021

The honorary award for the Icelandic Design Awards 2020 goes to Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, graphic designer

The Icelandic Design Awards 2020 took place digitally on the 29th of January. The recipient of the honorary award at the Icelandic Design Awards 2020 is Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, graphic designer by Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, minister of education, science and culture for her priceless pioneering work in the field of graphic design in Iceland. 
January 29th, 2021

66°North receives recognition for best investment in design at the Icelandic Design Awards 2020

The Icelandic clothing company 66°North receives recognition for best investment in design at the Icelandic Design Awards 2020. Sigurður Hannesson, managing director of SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries gave the award to Bjarney Harðardóttir and Helgi Rúnar Óskarsson, owners of 66°North. The company was founded in 1926 and designs high quality outdoor clothing.
January 29th, 2021

Valdís Steinarsdóttir wins gold at the International Design Awards

Designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir wins gold in the category Design For Society / Design for Sustainability at the International Design Awards for her project Bioplastic Skin.
February 2nd, 2021

Floating relaxation by Flothetta nominated to the Icelandic Design Award 2020

Third and the last nomination for the Icelandic Design Award has been revealed - Floating relaxation by Flothetta. The award ceremony will be digital on the 29th of January.
January 21st, 2021
The Icelandic Design Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually.

Drangar by Studio Granda nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2020

We are proud to announce the second nomination to the Icelandic Design Awards 2020 - Drangar by Studio Granda. During the next days we will announce the nominations for the year 2020 and the award ceremony will be digital on the 29th of January.
January 20th, 2021

Sweater sauce by Ýrúrarí nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2020

We are proud to announce the first nomination to the Icelandic Design Awards 2020 - Sweater sauce by textile Designer Ýr Jóhannsdóttir or Ýrúrarí.
January 19th, 2021

Behind the product - Hildur Yeoman for Yeoman

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. The final episode gives a look into Hildur Yeoman for Yeoman world.
February 5th, 2021

Behind the product - Steinunn Sigurðardóttir for STEINUNN

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. Next up is fashion designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir for STEINUNN.
January 15th, 2021

Behind the product - Anita Hirlekar for ANITA HIRLEKAR

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. Next up is The Central Saint Martins alumni Anita Hirlekar for ANITA HIRLEKAR
January 8th, 2021

Behind the product - Marko Svart for SVARTBYSVART

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. Next up is the scandinavian designer Marko Svart.
December 19th, 2020

Behind the product - Gunnar Hilmarsson for Kormákur & Skjöldur

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. Second episode is an interview with Gunnar Hilmarsson for Kormákur & Skjöldur.
December 11th, 2020

Behind the product - Bára Hólmgeirsdóttir AFTUR

Behind the product is a short-doc web series based around icelandic fashion designers and delves behind the curtains of icelandic entrepreneurs and designers who run their brands in the creative bustle of Reykjavik's city center. First up is Bára Hólmgeirsdóttir for AFTUR.
December 4th, 2020
Would you like to intern at Iceland Design Centre or DesignMarch? 

“I don’t understand this obsession with upending what people have done before us”

Architect Manfreð Vilhjálmsson was the first recipient of an honorary award at the Icelandic Design Awards 2019. Here is an interview with Manfreð, taken by Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, at that occasion and was published in the 10th edition of HA magazine.
January 14th, 2021

Studio 2020 - Melur Mathús

Exploring local material through food with Melur mathús in Studio 2020 at DesignMarch in June. Studio 2020 was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone.
December 3rd, 2020

Studio 2020 - Digital Sigga

Designing in the digital world with designer Sigríður Birna Matthíasdóttir, Digital Sigga, in Studio 2020 at DesignMarch in June. Studio 2020 was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone.
November 28th, 2020

Studio 2020 - Flétta

Urban mining with product designers Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir and Hrefna Sigurðardóttir from Flétta in Studio 2020 at DesignMarch in June. Studio 2020 was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone.
November 26th, 2020

Studio 2020 - Human Expansion Station

Grow the human plan relations with Human Expansion Station at Studio 2020 at DesignMarch in June. Studio 2020 was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone.
November 22nd, 2020

Studio 2020 - Valdís Steinarsdóttir

Get to know designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir through Studio 2020. Studio 2020 was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic during DesignMarch in June this year, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone.
November 20th, 2020

Participate in DesignMarch in May - Now open for submission

Now it is open to apply for participation at DesignMarch in May. Submit your application by November 30th. 
November 2nd, 2020
The staff at Icelandic design and architecture

Colorful winter collection from Anita Hirlekar

Fashion designer Anita Hirlekar presents new AUTUMN / WINTER 20-21 collection, focusing on embracing hand crafts, colour and innovative fabrications. All designed and produced in Iceland.
October 30th, 2020

The Icelandic Design Awards will be in January

The award ceremony and a seminar scheduled to take place on the 5th of November has been postponed due to recent circumstances because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The Icelandic Design Awards 2020 and the seminar will take place in January 2021. Further dates and information to come.
October 30th, 2020

DesignMarch 2021 will be in May

Moving March to May! DesignMarch, Iceland´s largest design festival will take place from 19th-23rd of May 2021
October 29th, 2020

DesignMarch x Studio 2020 is participating in Dutch Design Week

Studio 2020was created as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic during DesignMarch in June this year, an experimental way of communicating Icelandic design, content beyond and below appearances alone. We invite you to DesignMarch x Studio 2020 3D virtual room at Dutch Design Week.
October 20th, 2020

Six Icelandic designers participate in Virtual Design Destination: New Reality by Adorno

This year, the Virtual Design Destination by the danish digital gallery Adorno will be the place to discover fourteen curated country collections of collectable design during the London Design Festival,12th- 20th of September, featuring more than 200 exclusive pieces.
September 11th, 2020

IUA Fashion show, streamed live tonight at Vísir.is

The IUA graduation fashion show 2020 will happen on the 1st of September at 19:30 in a very unusual way. There will be no audience at the fashion show on grounds of Covid-19, but it will be streamed online live at Vísir
September 1st, 2020

Valdís Steinarsdóttir Nordic designer of the year at Formex Nova 2020

In fierce competition with top designers from all over the Nordic region, Formex Nova 2020 is awarded to the Icelandic designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir, who in her work focuses on recycling natural materials. Together with researchers she has, among other things, developed two completely new materials, Bioplastic Skin and Just Bones.
August 18th, 2020

"HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?" - IUA MA Design, Explorations and Translations Graduation Exhibition

IUA MA Design, Explorations and Translations Graduation Exhibition will take place in Ásmundarsalur from the 8th to the 16th of August. The exhibitions is a journey guided by an upside down compass. It offers directions to a place not exactly known, a place of impermanence that if reached could very well disappear.
August 6th, 2020

Iceland Design and Architecture, the National Energy Authority of Iceland, and the Environmental Agency of Iceland introduce NatNorth.is

Iceland Design and Architecture, theNational Energy Authority of Iceland, and the Environmental Agency of Icelandare releasing a common information website, NatNorth.is, on a variety of projects intending to share knowledge, increase quality, and enhance sustainability in the Nordic north.
July 7th, 2020

It actually happened! Iceland held their annual designfestival, DesignMarch, in June

Iceland’s annual design festival, DesignMarch, initially scheduled for the end of March, took place for the 12th time in Reykjavik from 24-28 June, transforming the northernmost capital of the world into one big venue for design with over 100 shows and over 80 exhibitors.
July 7th, 2020

A call for a team of designers to design signs and a signposting system

Iceland Design and Architecture, in cooperation with the ministry of the environment and natural resources and the ministry of industries and innovation, is calling for a team of designers to design signs, signposting system, and a manual for tourist destinations and protected areas.
June 15th, 2020

The importance of design and architecture when shaping tomorrow’s societies

Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources with Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir curator of DesignTalks.
June 24th, 2020

Studio 2020 at DesignMarch in June

For this year's edition of DesignMarch, the  team is experimenting with a concept called STUDIO 2020. During the festival the studio will be a platform for varied forms of interviews, LIVE talk shows, performative design interventions, thematic conversations and podcasts.
June 23rd, 2020

DesignMarch 2020 is on for June 24th-28th!

DesignMarch, Iceland´s main design festival will take place in Reykjavík this summer! The festival 2020 was scheduled at the end of March, as it has for the past eleven years; due to Covid-19 pandemic it was postponed.In light of recent positive news the festival can go forward, however in altered form in full collaboration with local authorities
May 27th, 2020

IT’S MORE ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE – Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is an artist whose work has made a mark around the globe, with its signature play on the divisions between art, architecture and design.
May 25th, 2020

A city is much more than a collection of buildings

An interview with architect Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, who runs an award-winning firm in Germany, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, along with her husband, Arno Lederer, and their long-time collaborator, Marc Oei.
May 25th, 2018

We can design the future

Product designer and futurist Helga Jósepsdóttir travels around the world and consults about what is to most of us a mystery – the future.
May 26th, 2020

In short - Wool Shoes by Stundum Studio

A variety of interesting designs.
May 25th, 2019

Anything is possible

An interview with Edda Katrín Ragnarsdóttir, a product designer and ceramicist, has spent the last two years working closely with artist Egill Sæbjörnsson on creating the artistic world of the trolls Ūgh and Bõögâr.
May 25th, 2019

In short - Lauf

A variety of interesting designs.
May 25th, 2019
The Museum of Design and Applied Art collects, preserves, researches and exhibits Icelandic design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

In short - Bioplastic Skin

A variety of interesting designs.
May 25th, 2019

In short - Morra

A variety of interesting designs.
May 25th, 2019

Earth Matters by Philip Fimmano

Philip Fimmano is a contemporary fashion and lifestyle specialist, a design curator and a close collaborator of Lidewij Edelkoort, one of the world's most renowned trend forecasters.
May 26th, 2020
Overview of brands, stores and websites that sell Icelandic design. From furniture to fashion, product design, textiles and jewellery.

In short - Postprent

A variety of interesting designs.
May 25th, 2019

Type as Form – Studio Studio

Graphic duo Studio Studio consists of designers Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson and Birna Geirfinnsdóttir.
May 22nd, 2020
Icelandic Design Awards 2019.

Wave by Genki Instruments won the Icelandic Design Awards 2019

The Icelandic Design Awards was rewarded for the sixth time on the 14th of November. The ceremony took place at Iðnó were the minister of tourism, industry and innovation, Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir gave out the main price. Wave by Genki Instruments won the Icelandic Design Awards 2019.
November 14th, 2019
Marcos Zotes, Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir & Hrólfur Karl Cela, the owners of Basalt Architects and the winners of the Icelandic Design Awards 2018. Photo: Sunday & White Photography

The Iceland Design Award 2018 goes to… Basalt Architects!

The Iceland Design Awardswere given out for the fifth time 2 November 2018.
November 14th, 2018

In short - A . M . Concept Space

A variety of interesting designs. 
May 24th, 2018