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DesignMarch Iceland 2013

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More than 40,000 design aficionados descended on Reykjavik during the fifth annual DesignMarch festival. A record-breaking crowd, about 20% of Reykjavik’s population, browsed the latest in housewares, furniture, and fashion. Local and foreign designers showcased creations in shops throughout downtown Reykjavik, in museums, as well as in the two-year old concert hall, Harpa. From March 14-17, established designers such as Vik Prjonsdottir, a debut of upcycling designer Krukka, and textile designer Mary treated festival participants to new products.
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  Vik Prjonsdottir gained international attention for their wearable Sealblankets for children and adults. The British-Japanese design duo came back to Reykjavik to debut a new collection of wonderfully wooly blankets in vibrant primary and pastel colors.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Vik Prjonsdottir gained international attention for their wearable Sealblankets for children and adults. The British-Japanese design duo came back to Reykjavik to debut a new collection of wonderfully wooly blankets in vibrant primary and pastel colors.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Something fishy was on display in Reykjavik’s only product design gallery, Spark Design Space. Roshildur Jonsdottir’s model making kits featuring fishbone pieces, delighted children and adults. Complete with a set of paints and brushes, crafters could create a variety of designs. The idea was described by Roshildur a as collaboration between scientists, fish producers and artists.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Something fishy was on display in Reykjavik’s only product design gallery, Spark Design Space. Roshildur Jonsdottir’s model making kits featuring fishbone pieces, delighted children and adults. Complete with a set of paints and brushes, crafters could create a variety of designs. The idea was described by Roshildur a as collaboration between scientists, fish producers and artists.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Ragnheidur Tryggvadottir’s Christmas Ptarmigan ornaments celebrate Icelandic tradition. Ptarmigans were the traditional Christmas dish for Icelandic families that were too poor to serve lamb for the holidays. The birds have since become a luxury at Christmastime in Iceland, and are still enjoyed by families. The powder-coated steel ornaments debuted at DesignMarch.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Ragnheidur Tryggvadottir’s Christmas Ptarmigan ornaments celebrate Icelandic tradition. Ptarmigans were the traditional Christmas dish for Icelandic families that were too poor to serve lamb for the holidays. The birds have since become a luxury at Christmastime in Iceland, and are still enjoyed by families. The powder-coated steel ornaments debuted at DesignMarch.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Krukka’s motto is to keep it mobile, versatile, interactive and playful. Krukka designers aim to create from objects that are often thought of as rubbish. Plywood slats were fixed to become stools, cast off wood was used to create chairs, and crates were fastened into shelves.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Krukka’s motto is to keep it mobile, versatile, interactive and playful. Krukka designers aim to create from objects that are often thought of as rubbish. Plywood slats were fixed to become stools, cast off wood was used to create chairs, and crates were fastened into shelves.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  The Virtue Pillow by Mary features positive messages in Icelandic. Sayings include: patience, honesty, faith, positivity, integrity, and friendship. According to the designer, the virtues are a reminder of the intangible things that matter in life. Available in three colors, the pillows are made from undyed Icelandic wool.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    The Virtue Pillow by Mary features positive messages in Icelandic. Sayings include: patience, honesty, faith, positivity, integrity, and friendship. According to the designer, the virtues are a reminder of the intangible things that matter in life. Available in three colors, the pillows are made from undyed Icelandic wool.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Foreign designers were also featured prominently at DesignMarch. Finnish ceramics brand Maari showcased vases made from the raku pottery firing technique, which creates unique patterns. The Koivu vase, which is 26 cm tall, resembles birch wood. The brand also offers decorative raku eggs and bark tiles.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Foreign designers were also featured prominently at DesignMarch. Finnish ceramics brand Maari showcased vases made from the raku pottery firing technique, which creates unique patterns. The Koivu vase, which is 26 cm tall, resembles birch wood. The brand also offers decorative raku eggs and bark tiles.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Reynir Syrusson’s furniture designs are classically Scandinavian—clean lines, muted colors, and minimalist to a tee. The design studio makes tailor-made furniture as well as mass-produced lamps, light fixtures and accessories for the home and office.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Reynir Syrusson’s furniture designs are classically Scandinavian—clean lines, muted colors, and minimalist to a tee. The design studio makes tailor-made furniture as well as mass-produced lamps, light fixtures and accessories for the home and office.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Krukka’s bedroom furniture designs were the highlight at Harpa’s main hall. Touting a “no nonsense” approach, Krukka’s creators aim to marry sustainability with classic design. The studio’s bed is fashioned out of upcycled wood and set on casters, keeping it mobile. Krukka, which also creates playgrounds, films, and interiors, strives to keep its designs “rebelliously raw” by re-circulating what has been discarded.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Krukka’s bedroom furniture designs were the highlight at Harpa’s main hall. Touting a “no nonsense” approach, Krukka’s creators aim to marry sustainability with classic design. The studio’s bed is fashioned out of upcycled wood and set on casters, keeping it mobile. Krukka, which also creates playgrounds, films, and interiors, strives to keep its designs “rebelliously raw” by re-circulating what has been discarded.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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  Concrete furniture is a staple in Icelandic design. Architect Hildur Steinthorsdottir and product designer Runar Thor’s concrete bench is ideal for braving the elements in public spaces and private gardens.  Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson
    Concrete furniture is a staple in Icelandic design. Architect Hildur Steinthorsdottir and product designer Runar Thor’s concrete bench is ideal for braving the elements in public spaces and private gardens.

    Photo by: Bjorn Ludviksson

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