Hljóðhimnar is nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2022

October 26th, 2022

Hljóðhimnar by Þykjó is nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2022. The awards will take place on November 17th in Gróska. 

From the jury:
Hljóðhimnar is an integrative and active experience that stimulates the senses in a beautiful manner through play. A unique experience space in Harpa, combining education and exploration. The design of this space was led by the interdisciplinary team ÞYKJÓ in partnership with Harpa, Gagarín, Vísindasmiðjan, IRMA, Áróra light design, Reykjavík Audio, Upptekið, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera, Maxímús Músíkús, Reykjavík Big Band and the ÞYKJÓ’s Kids Council where 100 kids between 5 and 7 years participated.

Intriguing, colorful, and warm setting for a wonder world of sound and music, with the aim to spark curiosity and inspiration. The planning of the space draws its inspiration from the ear and its anatomical shapes. Hljóðhimnar is exemplary for how quality design can play a large role in education through play, while also sparking creativity in the minds of younger generations.

About the project:
Hljóðhimnar is a play on the Icelandic word for Eardrum - Hljóðhimna - which then translates directly as Sound Worlds. The installation is an invitation to experience the vast world of music and sound, without any previous knowledge or education needed.
Hljóðhimnar was commissioned by Harpa as a part of their 10 year anniversary program. The project was developed in 2021 and will open in early spring 2022. This permanent installation is a birthday present to all children from Harpa and its residents, including the smallest resident Maximus Musicus (a music loving mouse hiding in the nooks and crannies of Harpa) to the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Icelandic Opera and Reykjavík Big Band.

About the designers:
ÞYKJÓ (pronounced thickyo) is the Icelandic noun for make-believe. ÞYKJÓ's design projects aim to stimulate the imagination and creativity of children during free play.

Behind ÞYKJÓ is a group of diverse designers who apply different fields of expertise in their collaborative work. Among ÞYKJÓ's designers are an architect, a fashion designer and bespoke tailor, a children's culture designer and a scenography designer. The team collaborates closely with artists, scientists, scholars within the field of pedagogy, and last but not least with children. Þykjó team are: Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, theatre artist, Ninna Þórarinsdóttir, children's culture designer, Erla Ólafsdóttir, architect og Sigurbjörg Stefánsdóttir, fashion designer and bespoke tailor.

The jury of the Icelandic Design Awards are Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, designer and director of the Museum of Design and Applied arts, chairman, María Kristín Jónsdóttir, designer, vice chairman, Ragna Fróðadóttir, designer, Þorleifur Gunnar Gíslason, designer, Arna Sigríður Mathiesen, architect, Margrét Kristín Sigurðardóttir for the Federation of Icelandic Industries and Daniel Byström, designer and Design Nation. 

The Icelandic Design Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in our 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. 

Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect in recognition of an outstanding new work, object, project or collection. The award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process. 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. 

This week we will be announcing the nominations for the year 2022 and the award ceremony will take place on November 17th. Stay tuned. 

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, and SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries.

October 26th, 2022
Álfrún Pálsdóttir


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