IcELaNDIC DESIgN awaRD 2017

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The Icelandic Design award ceremony took place on november 9. 

The Icelandic design award 2017 goes to Architects Ásmundur hrafn sturluson and Steinþór Kári Kárason of kurt og pí, who led the design of the Marshall house, in collaboration with Ask architects. 

Blue lagoon receives the award for best investment in design 2017.

Photos of the award ceremony can be found here.

More information on the winners and the jury’s shortlist can be found below. 

The Marshall House

Winner

The Marshall House, originally built in 1948 as a herring factory, is a new art venue by Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. Architects Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson and Steinþór Kári Kárason of Kurt og Pí led the project’s design in collaboration with ASK arkitektar. “The project embodies the successful conversion of an old, industrial building into a new, contemporary space. The architects developed the project all the way from the conceptual phase and brought together a diverse group of people to bring it to completion. They did a great job of incorporating the building’s history and the context of the locale. The result is a new destination in an interesting area that is developing in the city. This project is a good example of how the methods of design bring about innovation in the urban environment.”

Blue Lagoon

Best investment

The award for the best investment in design is given to a company that creates value and increases their competitive edge by incorporating design or architecture into their core operation.

“This time the award goes to a company that has worked with designers at every stage of development. As Blue lagoon has worked closely with exceptional designers and architects, design is integral to its overall brand. Their foresight has without a doubt contributed to the company’s success. The company is one of Iceland’s best examples of the great advantages of investing in good design.”  

Cycle Art and music festival visual identity

Jury’s Shortlist

Cycle Music and Art Festival is a creative platform that unites experimental music and visual art, giving artists the opportunity to engage in dialogue, experiment, and learn from each other. Döðlur designed the festival’s logo and visual identity in keeping with the festival’s philosophy of the cyclical nature of ideas.

“Cycle’s visual identity reflects the emphases of the festival in a simple, yet experimental way with the festival’s philosophy in mind. Döðlur uses the shape of a circle and movement as starting points, and limits its use of colours, letters, and forms to convey the concept, forming a strong, clean visual identity.”

The Marshall House

Jury’s Shortlist

The Marshall House, originally built in 1948 as a herring factory, is a new art venue by Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. Architects Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson and Steinþór Kári Kárason of Kurt og Pí led the project’s design in collaboration with ASK arkitektar. “The project embodies the successful conversion of an old, industrial building into a new, contemporary space. The architects developed the project all the way from the conceptual phase and brought together a diverse group of people to bring it to completion. They did a great job of incorporating the building’s history and the context of the locale. The result is a new destination in an interesting area that is developing in the city. This project is a good example of how the methods of design bring about innovation in the urban environment.”

Vacation rental cottages

Jury’s Shortlist

In 2015, following a design competition, two vacation rental cottages were built in Brekkuskógur for the Icelandic Confederation of Academics (BHM), designed by PKdM. The cottages are characterised by a rich sense of materiality, with charred timber cladding, masonry walls and turfed landscaping sloping to the grass roof.

“The cottages are unique in the landscape of rental cottages in the area. The exteriors form an interesting appearance in the surrounding brush. The stone walls and sloping landscape create sheltered external spaces providing a great connection with nature. The communal areas and the simple and efficient floor-plan serve the cottages’ purpose well.”

Reitir Workshop and Tools for collaboration

Jury’s Shortlist

Designer Ari Marteinsson and visual artist Arnar Ómarsson commenced and ran REITIR workshop, a series of interdisciplinary and collaborative workshops in Siglufjörður 2012-2016. Subsequently, the manual REITIR – tools for collaboration was published; edited and designed by Sophie Haack, the book invites readers to take ideas from their work and develop them further.

“The project is based on a community-oriented and site-specific approach; the creative process; and the importance of collaboration, which are powerful tools for demanding projects of the future. The book is a toolbox for creative, interdisciplinary collaboration, and at the same time a source of contemporary design.”

Saxhóll

Jury’s Shortlist

Saxhóll crater is a popular tourist attraction in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Over the years, the path that had formed there was reaching saturation point, due to the increase in traffic from tourists. Landslag was commissioned to design a staircase that would contain the pedestrian traffic.

“The staircase is a good example of how to protect delicate nature at popular tourist attractions in a professional and aesthetically pleasing way. The staircase is made of rusted gunmetal that blends in with the red shades of the volcanic crater. The delicately made structure, with its minimalist design and refined construction, winds its way lyrically up the old path.”

Best investment in design

 

The Icelandic Design Award honors the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in our society, culture and business is growing steadily. It is therefore vital to increase understanding of good design and underline the importance of quality.

 Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect for an outstanding new work, object, project or collection.

 The award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process.

 

Best investment in design recognizes successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. It handed over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness.

 

The Icelandic Design Award is established by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Museum of Design and Applied Art.

 The nominated designers must be members of one of the founding associations of the Iceland Design Centre, or professionals in their field in order to be considered for the Icelandic Design Award. The work needs to be completed in the past two to three years prior to date in order to be considered for the award.

 The winner of the Icelandic Design Award 2015 receives ISK 1,000,000, granted by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation.

 

 

  • Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir is President of the Jury. She is the director of the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Iceland, and former professor in product design at the Iceland Academy of the arts. Sigurjónsdóttir founded and ran SPARK Design Space 2010-2016. She holds a Master’s degree in design from Central Saint MArtins and in the period 1999-2005 she worked as designer and creative for high tech businesses in London and Amsterdam. Sigurjónsdóttir led the innovation project Designers and farmers at the Iceland Academy of the arts and more recently she engaged in “a Place to read”, a tourism initiative with focus on book reading.

  • Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir is Project Manager in Education and Account Manager for Manufacturing Industies at The Federation of Industries. She holds an MBA from the Reykjavík University and BA from the University of Iceland. Arnardóttir background is in theatre, she is an actress from The Icelandic Drama School and prior to her current position she worked for the City Theatre for 18 continuous years.

  • Katrín María Káradóttir is the director of fashion studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Káradóttir studied at Studio Bercot in Paris, and interned with John Galliano at Dior, Lutz, Bali Barret and Thomas Engel Hart. Káradóttir has taught fashion widely, worked closely with the Icelandic Association of Fashion Designers and held various jury positions both in Iceland and abroad.

  • Magnus Hreggvidsson is the chairmain of the Icelandic association of graphic designers and a graphic designer at ennemm advertising agency. Magnus is also a board member of Art Directors Club of Europe and Myndstef. As a designer he has received awards in design competitions both in Iceland and internationally. He holds a master degree in design from Central Saint Martins in London and a graduate from the Iceland academy of arts. Magnus Hreggviðsson sits in for Högni Valur Högnason 2017.

  • Sigrún Birgisdóttir Birgisdóttir is an architect and head of the department of design and architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Having studied in Italy and England, Sigrún received an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Upon her studies, she taught and worked extensively in Iceland and abroad, among others with Pierre D´Avoine Architects, Cherie Yeo Architecture + Design and Pip Horne Studio. She has worked with design education both in England and Iceland for the past 15 years, as well as partaken in various crossdisciplinary collaborations, such as Vatnavinir. Over the years, Sigrún has held several of positions of responsibility and served as a member of numerous board of judges both in Iceland and abroad.

  • Tinna Gunnarsdóttir is a freelance designer and professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In the past 20 years, Gunnarsdóttir has partaken in dozens of design exhibitions and fairs both in Iceland and abroad, held various jury positions and curated exhibitions. Tinna Gunnarsdóttir holds an MA in industrial design from Domus Academy and a research MA in arts and philosophy from the University of Brighton.

  • Kristín Eva Ólafsdóttir is Creative Director and co owner at Gagarín. She is a graphic design graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and has in her work at Gagarín partaken in varied design exhibitions and fairs both in Iceland and abroad. She has served as a member of the board of judges at FÍT awards and the Art Directors Club of Europe 2016 (ADC*E). Ólafsdóttir is a deputy member of the board.

  • Högni Valur Högnason is a graphic design graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. He is Associated Creative Director at Brandenburg, advertising agency. He is chairman of The Icelandic Association of Graphic Designers or FÍT and has sat on the board of Myndstef. His work has appeared in world wide magazines, been published in books and shown in galleries in Iceland. Högni has won awards in different competitions in Iceland both for design and advertising. He has experience from judging design and adverting competitions in Iceland both for FÍT and Ímark. Högnason is inactive in the jury's work in 2017.

  • Laufey Jónsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Jónsdóttir is a freelance fashion designer and illustrator. An Iceland Academy of the Arts graduate, Jónsdóttir has worked as a designer at STEiNUNN and senior designer at Blik. Laufey Jónsdóttir is the Chairman of the Association of Icelandic Fashion Designers and a member of the board of Iceland Design Centre. Her illustrations have adorned both books, magazines and exhibitions, and she opened her first exhibition of illustrations during DesignMarch 2012. In addition, she has worked in various cross-disciplinary teams, projects and exhibitions.

  • Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Gunnlaugsdóttir holds a BA in industrial design from the Design Academy Eindhoven as well as an MBM in project management from the University of Reykjavik. She has taught design on various levels and held various positions of responsibility, among others for Rannis. As a designer, she has worked on a wide range of international projects, including the brand Bility, exhibited widely and received numerous awards. Her work has received considerable attention in the international design media. Guðrún Lilja will be taking Tinna Gunnarsdóttirs place in the panel of judges 2016

  • Björn Guðbrandsson is deputy member of the board. He is an architect and professor at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Guðbrandsson is partner in of ARKÍS Architechts where he has executed projects at various scales and levels of complexity, both in Iceland and internationally, for institutional, private, and civic clients. He has received numerous awards in design competitions and recognition for his work. Guðbrandsson is a dedicated advocate for sustainability and driven by the pursuit of quality and the belief that the built environment has the inherent potential to improve the quality of our lives He holds a Master's degree in Architecture from Colombia, New York and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.