What I covet from DesignMarch 2014

Being rather worse for wear after the party-hopping and dining out on Friday night, plus dog sitting over the weekend a dog called Wolf (who, like me, was also rather worse for wear recovering after an operation on his leg), changes of visiting each and every event at this year´s DesignMarch were pretty much out of the question.
But from what I saw of DesignMarch, I in particular enjoyed visiting The Culture House (one of the most architecturally perfect buildings here in Reykjavik), which this year was dedicated exclusively to exhibitions on graphic design and designers. I always enjoy meeting, (although very briefly this time), Hildur and Ólöf at Reykjavik Letterpress  who this year introduced us to Dutch letterpress/graphic designer Tiny Risselada. And I personally thought graphic designer Sigríður Rún Kristinsdóttir´s exhibition/workshop, Anatomy of Letters, the best exhibition overall this year. 

Today I visited Epal, a favorite design shop which this year presented The Countless Colours of Icelandic Design, where a selection of new-ish designers presented their latest products.  Here are just a 3 of my favorites, seen in Epal this afternoon.

 Hylur, a desk designed by Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir designer 

Selection of pillows by María Dýrfjörð

Bybibi tableware by Bíbí


The frosty hues, shapes and textures of the Icelandic glaciers inspired the design team Postulina when designing the dinnerware Jökla (Glacial). Each piece is unique anhandmade. The dinnerware collection consists of bowls, plates, glasses and candleholders of different shapes and sizes. Jökla was presented at Crymogea, a small publishing house which specializes in quality books on Icelandic art and design, with huge photographs of glaciers by photographer Vigfús Birgisson lining the walls anframinthe dinnerware, adding just the right final touch to the presentation. 

Photographer Vigfús Birgisson



And now on to some interiors. My very first entry on Koolandkreativ back in 2009 featured product designer Hafsteinn Júlíusson and his Growing Jewelry collection. Since then, Hafsteinn and his equally talented wife, Karitas, have teamed up and branched into interiors, products, packaging, branding, exhibitions and experience designs. Their beautiful apartment in central Reykjavik is up for sale. 

Photographer Gunnar Sverrisson

Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir

Fell in love with the work of Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir when visiting Steinunn´s studio. 


Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is probably one of our most successful fashion designers ever. After working as Senior designer for Calvin Klein and Gucci and Design Director for La Perla, Steinunn has been working on her own brand since 2000. Steinunn has given lectures on fashion, design and creativity all over the world, curated large exhibitions in Iceland, Shanghai and Paris and received countless awards and honors. And deservedly so. Her clothes are pieces of art, beautifully made and the attention to detail and choice of fabric pure perfection. I´ve attended one of her lectures, given in 2009, when one of the largest art museums in Reykjavik ran a large private exhibitions of Steinunn´s work. I believe it´s the first and only time an Icelandic fashion designer has been given that honor. In the lecture, Steinunn showed us photographs of details in the Icelandic landscape, be it lava, moss, ice or wild plants and then photographs featuring her clothes and how the Icelandic landscape had weaved itself into the clothes. 

Steinunn´s workshop is located by the old harbor in Reykjavík, an area up until recently almost exclusively reserved for the rather uninspiring fishing industry. Today, the area around the harbour is rapidly turning into a melting pot of creativity, with interesting restaurants, cafés, bars, delicatessens and designer studios opening up in the old fishermen´s huts lining one of the main roads. Steinunn´s studio is located in one of these old fishermen´s huts which I got to visit for the first time last DesignMarch and again during this year´s DesignMarch. The interior shots are taken last year when I very happily Instagrammed left, right and center, wherever I went. 

Interior shots, yours truly. 



This little kitty cat looks all pretty and sweet and innocent, but lurking inside is a beast waiting to get out! Kisa, Icelandic for kitty, is the design of Þórunn Árnadóttir and product developer Dan Koval and the first product in a new family of candles, shaped as animals, called PyroPet. Kisa has been few years in the making and eagerly awaited by those intrigued by it, but images of Kisa have been available online since 2010. The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter last November and will be available in May in gray and pink. I can tell you that there´s already a waiting list for Kisa because I just added my name to it today at Spark Design Space. 

DesignMarch 2014 and I´m back!

It´s been a year since my last blog post and I´m sure many of you thought I would not be back at all. But here I am again (I ALWAYS bounce back!) and we are back at DesignMarch in Iceland, this time DesignMarch 2014 instead of 2013 (sorry, no more posts about DesignMarch 2013). 
The year has been pretty eventful, lots of drama and challenges which, while pretty exhausting and daunting, are also good for you because challenges do have the tendency to toughen you up and make you grow in all the right directions. But, I´ll leave all that for my biography, Koolandkreativ is about fun things, beautiful things, inspiring things. 

Am just back from hopping between events and dining out with some of my favorite people, its been a fun night. Today I had the opportunity to visit the studio and show room of  Íglo & Indí, a really cool children´s clothing label. I love their color palette (I´m not really the baby pink or baby blue type of person), the cute details and in particular the illustrations used to decorate the clothes. If I had children, I would dress them like this. 

Head of design: Helga Ólafs
Photographer: Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir
Props and brochure design: Karitas Pálsdóttir