Icelandic Contemporary Design

The exhibition Icelandic Contemporary Design features Icelandic furniture, product design and architecture. It paints a picture of a design nation in the making, spotlighting the characteristics of contemporary Icelandic design.

Icelandic Contemporary Design was initially introduced in 2009, and was exhibited in Reykjavik, Iceland; Copenhagen, Denmark (Dansk Design Center); Shanghai (EXPO 2010) and Beijing (Notch 10) in China; Stockholm Design Week (Stockholm Furniture Fair) in Sweden, Tallinn (Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design), Estonia and finally at Design Forum Finland during the World Design Capital 2012 year.

From the exhibition in Kjarvalsstaðir.

Icelandic Contemporary Design addresses current themes in the Icelandic society, be it sustainability, hectic everyday life or the natural forces of the volcanic island:

  • Landslag’s Avalanche Barriers protect the small town of Siglufjördur
  • Young, upcoming designer Thorunn Arnadottir’s Sasa clock doubles as a necklace
  • Berlin-based Hrafnkell Birgisson creates tableware of recycled coffee cups

The exhibition is intended to mirror quality in Icelandic design in recent years, according to various definitions where good ideas evolved, due to professional ambition, sincerity and rationality—ideas that were developed to their fullest and supported by a mentality that ought to be emphasized in today’s world. The aim is to call attention to the value of good design and effective ingenuity for human society - a vital resource for the future.

The curator of the exhibiton was Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir  

Ljósmyndir frá sýningunni sem var fyrst sett upp á Listahátíð í Reykjavík á Kjarvalsstöðum 2009.
Ljósmyndari: Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson

Samhliða hönnunarsýningunni var kynning á verkum ungra, efnilegra hönnuða í samvinnu við Hönnunarsjóð Auroru.

Sýningin var samstarfsverkefni Hönnunarmiðstöðvar Íslands, Utanríkisráðuneytis, Mennta- og menningarmálaráðuneytis, Iðnaðarráðuneytis, Útflutningsráðs Íslands og Hönnunarsjóðs Auroru.

Sýningarstjóri: Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir  
Sýningarhönnun: Kurtogpí í samstarfi við Atelier Atli Hilmarsson  

The designers and their work

Katrín Ólína
Cristal Bar, Hong Kong
Landslag ehf
Siglufjörður Avalanche barriers
Basalt architects
Blue Lagoon Clinic
Studio Granda
Hof Country residence
Landmótun
Lækurinn
Rut Kára
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Hótel Borg renovation
pk-arkitektar
Birkimörk
Kurtogpi
Borgarfjörður High School
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir
Fly
Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir
Blown glass
Ingibjörg Hanna
Krummi - Bird Coat Hanger
Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir
Visual inner structure
Stella Design
My family
Go Form
MGO 182 & MGO 500
Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir & Snæfríð Þorsteins
Shelve life
Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson
Skrauti
Hrafnkell Birgisson
Hoch Die Tassen
Snæfríð Þorsteins & Hildigunnur Gunnarsdóttir
2922 days
DÖGG DESIGN
Rocky Tre
Sóley Þórisdóttir
Utensils
Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir
Sproti & Spuni
Dagur Óskarsson
Dalvík - sled
Jón Björnsson
Flower Eruption
Friðgerður Guðmundsdóttir
Stuðlar