Gallery: ICELANDIC DESIGN: In the details


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.

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  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

  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:

  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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