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JS Watch Co. Reykjavik
A quiet, colorful city at first glance, Reykjavik bubbles with creativity—just like the geothermal activity under its feet. As the cultural hub of Iceland, the city houses every type of designer, from fashion to furniture and, in this case, watches...
FOOD-DRINK
Omnom Chocolate
Many dream of opening a restaurant, or starting their own culinary-centric company, but few have the experience or knowledge to do so. This was not the case for Kjartan Gíslason, a chef-turned-chocolatier and co-owner of Omnom Chocolate; Iceland...
DESIGN
Iceland's HiddenWorld Textiles
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...
DESIGN
Scintilla Organic Candles
As longtime attendees of Iceland's DesignMarch, we're familiar with the wonderful textile work of Reykjavik-based Scintilla, a homeware brand founded by fashion and textile designer Linda Björg Árnadóttir. Last year, we were introduced to her organic...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Reykjavik
We all know the adage, Greenland is icy and Iceland is green. But really, not many know much more of the large island nation inhabited by just 320,000 people. On our most recent trip to Iceland to visit the capital city of Reykjavik for DesignMarch...
DESIGN
70% Table by Anna Þórunn
Whether it's a cookie factory turned into a hostel or, in this case, furniture inspired by candy, Icelandic design is often conscious of the country's collective sweet tooth. Driven by childhood memories of Reykjavik's old chocolate factory—...
FOOD-DRINK
Kaffismidja Islands Coffee
At home or in the office our day begins with the all-important cup of coffee, so even when we're on the road we're not willing to compromise. While in Reykjavik for DesignMarch we were tipped off to Kaffismidja Íslands, the local's coffee shop...
DESIGN
Chrome and Concrete Candle Sets
Much like Ólöf Jakobína's Marmo table, So by Sonja is similarly inspired by Iceland's imposing lanscape and brightly colored architecture. Created by Sonja Björk Ragnarsdóttir, the range's first product, Candlestick 5, take...
DESIGN
Marmo Table by Ólöf Jakobína
A relative newcomer to the Nordic design community, Iceland has been making strides in recent years thanks to DesignMarch, an annual event hosted citywide in Reykjavik. We were lucky enough to attend once again this year, which is where we came...
STYLE
Staka
Staka marks the first collection in an ongoing series between Icelandic product designers María Kristín Jónsdóttir and Bylgja Svansdóttir, comprising a curious mix of finely crafted unisex leather neck accessories. The aristocratic...
FOOD-DRINK
DesignMarch: Meaningful Kitchenwares
From model Elettra Wiedemann's Goodness pop-up restaurant at Hotel Natura to the recently-developed products showcased around Reykjavik, new ways to work with food was at the forefront of Icelandic design at this year's DesignMarch fair. Young designers...
STYLE
Nature-Inspired Accessories
Even if you've never been to Iceland, you've probably seen images of its otherworldly landscape that hint at what a central role nature plays in shaping visual culture there. The following Icelandic designers have taken the idea to heart with jewelry...
DESIGN
Icelandic Design for Kids
With the sheer amount of Scandinavian creativity, it's clear kids in the region get an early start thanks to high-design playthings. We recently had a chance to check out some of the latest games, toys and more at the country's annual design showcase...
DESIGN
DesignMarch 2011
Iceland's annual DesignMarch exhibition always impresses with its internationally renowned veterans as well as the next generation of influential designers. Now in its third year, the 2011 showcase introduced a range of furniture and product innovations...
FOOD-DRINK
Microchips
With tricky terrain, Iceland has a difficult time growing bountiful produce. As we saw at the recent DesignMarch festival, the country's creative community aims to change this with a wealth of new food products made from hearty crops like rhubarb...
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