Angústúra receives recognition for best investment in design at the Icelandic Design Awards 2023

November 9th, 2023

The recognition for best investment in design at the Icelandic Design Awards 2023 goes to the Icelandic book publisher Angústúra for setting an example for high quality publications. 

From the jury:
Within a short time, Angústúra has contributed greatly to publishing in Iceland with diverse publications and emphasis on design. Angústúra publishes Icelandic and translated literature with focus on design quality, seen for example in cataloging of Icelandic design history, design analysis, and translations of books on design.

The ambition is realized both in the appearance of the books and the readers’ experiences. One of Angustúra's most interesting products is the book subscription program where readers receive literature from all corners of the world translated to Icelandic and well designed.

Angústúra publishing house was established in 2016 and has from the beginning partnered with leading designers and illustrators in the field. They have been entrusted with great freedom in interpreting materials visually in illustrations, cover design, and layout, that has led to the creation of beautiful printed items that appeal to a wide audience.

The jury's assessment is that Angústúra's investment in design has not gone unnoticed and resulted in great interest from readers. The publishing house has therefore set an example for high quality publications deserving special praise for its focus on Icelandic design history.

Sigurður Hannesson, CEO of  SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries gave the award to María Rán Guðjónsdóttir, founder and owner of Angústúra. 

Best investment in design recognises successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. It is awarded over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness. 

The award ceremony took place for the 10th time on November 9th in Gróska, in the presence of a large crowd who celebrated outstanding design. To mark the occasion, the award categories have been increased to three: Product // Place // Project with one winner in each category. 

The Icelandic Design Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in society, culture and business has been growing steadily, and it is therefore vital to increase the understanding of good design and highlight the value of quality. 

The Icelandic Design Award is established by Iceland Design and Architecture in collaboration with the Iceland University of the Arts, the Museum of Design and Applied Art, Promote Iceland, The Housing and Construction Authorities of Iceland, SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries and Gróska. 

November 9th, 2023
Álfrún Pálsdóttir


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