11 Icelandic Design Highlights From DesignMarch 2017

Conceived by Welling/Ludvik and manufactured by Danish company Fredericia, Pato is a series of dining and office chairs made of injection-molded polypropylene, form-pressed veneer, or molded polyurethane foam. Photography copyright Welling/Ludvik.

Icelandic creative studio And Anti Matter presented its first product line with objects where art, design, and music play an important role. The Peach Noise Transmitter lamp is made of concrete, steel, and neon tubing. Photography copyright Guilli Már.

The installation, “A Colour Map of Icelandic Wool,” is the result of a collaboration between Danish textile designer and artist Astrid Skibsted and Icelandic company ÍSTEX. Photography copyright Astrid Skibsted.

“A Colour Map of Icelandic Wool" by Astrid Skibsted and Icelandic company ÍSTEX. Photography copyright Astrid Skibsted.

Made of steel and oak by Copenhagen-based Icelandic designer Dögg Guômundsdóttir, the taller candleholder, Laki, is named after a volcanic fissure in the south of Iceland. The smaller one, Katla, refers to an active and large volcano in southern Iceland. Available in different sizes, the Bensi tables are made of plywood and linoleum. Photography copyright Dögg Design.

Laki and Katla candleholders by Dögg Guômundsdóttir. Photography copyright Dögg Design.

Designed by Icelandic product designer Anna Thorunn and distributed by Epal, Insight evokes the concept of infinity. Photography copyright Epal.

Designed by Denmark-based designer Gudmundur Ludvik and manufactured by Dutch brand Arco, the Close bench is available as a two, three, or four seat sofa with various bases. Photography copyright Gudmundur Ludvik.

The Close bench by Gudmundur Ludvik for Arco. Photography copyright Gudmundur Ludvik.

Established in 2017 by designers and writers from Icelandic creative agency Karousel, Reykjavík Print–a new independent publisher based in the heart of the city–launched its first collection of limited-edition prints during DesignMarch 2017. “Absence” features a poem by award-winning writer Sindri Freysson; the design is by graphic designer María Ericsdóttir Panduro. Photography copyright Karousel and Reykjavík Print.

Absence” by Reykjavík PrintPhotography copyright Karousel and Reykjavík Print.

Co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Nordic House, the “Roundabout Baltic Plus Iceland” exhibition presented the work of fifty designers from Iceland and eight countries with shorelines along the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden). From left to right: Knitted lamp by Meike Harde (Germany), Weave cabinet by Ringvide (Sweden), Bow chair and Nouvelle Vague by Lisa Hilland (Sweden), Pixel lamp by Company (Finland), Compiled lamps by Sebastian Jansson (Finland), Bendy bench by Studio Fem Studio (Denmark), Cavi table by Rikke Frost (Denmark). Photography copyright The Nordic House.

Made entirely of plywood, the Esembel lamp by Kristinn Gunnar Atlason and Simon Flender was created to be fun and simple, with multiple uses. Photography copyright Esembel.

Textile designer and artist Bryndís Bolladóttir, who runs her production studio in Reykjavík, created Kula, which is a light, a sound absorber, and a diffuser at the same time. 

The Granny lamps by Yomuto–based in Barcelona–are made with old dishes and glasses. Each lamp is unique. Photography copyright Yomuto Design Atelier.