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Iceland's HiddenWorld Textiles

Architecture-inspired prints from graphic designer María Rut Dýrfjörð

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 04 April 2014

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While Iceland is probably best known for its majestic scenery and interesting culinary traditions, the island nation's largest cities are marked by the stoic architecture of Guðjón Samúelsson, an imposing designer that stood as Iceland's state architect from 1920 to 1950. Perhaps most famous for Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja church, Samúelsson's tendency towards linear forms and symmetry, along with a generous use of concrete, make each of his designs iconic. Inspired by this precise style, graphic designer María Rut Dýrfjörð created HiddenWorld, a collection of patterned textiles directly referencing some of Samúelsson's most recognizable buildings.

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Six patterns rendered in two colorways give the textiles a vibrant feel, making the collection well-suited to a range of applications. At the moment the colorful patterns currently grace pillows, although during this past week's DesignMarch Dýrfjörð debuted a corresponding set of bed linens, which is expected to reach production in the near future. In the meantime, digitally printed fabric from the collection is available for purchase (by the yard) from Dýrfjörð. Contact her through Maria Creative Studio online. And, to browse the pillow collection, visit Kaupstadur.

Images courtesy of Maria Creative Studio

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