Jill Fehrenbacher

ICELANDIC DESIGN: In the details

by , 07/31/05

Iceland Design: In the Details, Iceland Design

Iceland Design: In the Details, Iceland Design

I went to Iceland looking for fabulous design, and I found it just not in the places I expected. Although I couldn’t find any museums or galleries devoted to contemporary Icelandic design, it seemed like good design surrounded me everywhere I went: in the smallest details of every drinking fountain I encountered to numerous houses and public buildings around Reykjavik.


Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design
From the moment I arrived at Keflavik airport (shown above), Iceland’s unique take on minimalist Scandinavian design was on display everywhere I went:

Drinking Fountains
Something that I particularly noticed was the fact that virtually every drinking fountain I came across in Iceland was very designed. There were no run-of-the-mill drinking fountains like you typically find in the U.S. Every drinking fountain I came across seemed to be intent on taking drinking-fountain-ness to the next level.



Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design

Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design



The Icelandic design sense seemed to permeate every detail of public space. Countless buildings I came across utilized volcanic rock as both a material and a design motif.

Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design

Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design



Although I didn’t come across much Icelandic product design in Reykjavik, a quick internet search dug up some quirky Icelandic designers.

Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design



Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design



Olafur Omarsson, a student at the Icelandic Academy of Arts, makes inspired wooden furniture, like this bike rack and bookshelves.


Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design



Ragnheieur esp Sigureardettir, another Icelandic Academy of Arts student, reinterprets the craft of embroidery with this supercute wool thingy, and a line of classic IKEA stools that have been deconstructed / indivualized with unique embroidery patterns.

Icelandic Design: In the details, Icelandic Design

Sesselja Guemundsdottir gives a new twist to the familiar wool cap, by knitting them into shapes reminiscent of medieval viking helmets.

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4 Comments

  1. Tzahi Shneider December 22, 2005 at 8:50 pm

    hello and good day :)
    my name is Tzahi Shneider, i’m 27 and i’m Israeli.
    i have a patent that combines aquarium with a toilet tank. acording to my patent the fish lives in the same water that are flushed – not two different tanks.
    i’m now into looking for investor or a toilet tank company that would like to take this thing and make it comercial.
    is it possible to put a picture of it with some words about it in your web site?

    thank you very much
    Tzahi Shneider
    Tzahi@schoolBooks.co.il

  2. Jill August 2, 2005 at 12:30 am

    Oh, that?s an IKEA stool? That makes sense. I know this designer (Ragnhei?ur ?sp Sigur?ard?ttir) had nothing to do with the design of the stool itself – her thing is to take generic, mass-produced pieces and then make each one unique with embroidery.
    It makes sense that she would use IKEA stools, since they are mega cheap and she seems to have interest / issue with IKEA.

    In fact, she was involved in the Icelandic UN-IKEA design exhibition that L+L wrote about in January:

    http://www.landliving.com/articles/0000000547.aspx

  3. Anthony @ L+L August 2, 2005 at 12:14 am

    I picked up three of those stools from IKEA with the hopes of sanding and staining them with a dark walnut stain. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out too well since they put some type polyurethane (or ?) that prevented the wood from absorbing the stain. I still have them and was thinking about putting some walnut veneer on them instead. For $20, you can’t beat the price!

  4. Brennen August 1, 2005 at 8:54 am

    I hope you got a picture of the foot-operated drinking fountain at the Pearl :)

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