IcELaNDIC DESIgN awaRD 2017

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The fourth Icelandic Design Award ceremony will take place on October 26. The prize will be handed out in two categories, the icelandic design award and best investment in design.

This site will be open for public nominations 1-30 September.

The Icelandic Design Award for 2016 went to As we grow by Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir, María th. ólafsdóttir and Gréta Hlöðversdóttir. recognition for best investment in design 2016 went to Geysir. You will find more on the 2016 award below.

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

As We Grow

Winner

As We Grow is owned and run by textile designer Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir, fashion designer María Th. Ólafsdóttir and managing director Gréta Hlöðversdóttir. In their collections, the company combines tradition and modern day demands, aesthetics and durable clothing that both grows with the child and lasts between generations.

As We Grow builds upon sound environmental values and a sustainable approach to the use and life cycle of the products. The timeless simplicity of the design and high quality of the products with a societal responsibility and ambitious environmental policy has created a unique position for the company both in Iceland and abroad.“  

Geysir

Best investment in design

best investment in design recognises successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. it is handed over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness. “geysir receives the award for best investment in design 2016. the company has worked with all parts of its business with outstanding designers, be it to do with the brand, images, store interiors, graphic design or fashion. by making design a priority, geysir has in a short time reached unique success in the market and become one of the most well known brands in iceland“.

As we grow

Jury’s Shortlist

As We Grow is owned and run by textile designer Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir, fashion designer María Th. Ólafsdóttir and managing director Gréta Hlöðversdóttir. In their collections, the company combines tradition and modern day demands, aesthetics and durable clothing that both grows with the child and lasts between generations.

As We Grow builds upon sound environmental values and a sustainable approach to the use and life cycle of the products. The timeless simplicity of the design and high quality of the products with a societal responsibility and ambitious environmental policy has created a unique position for the company both in Iceland and abroad.“  

Lulla doll

Jury’s Shortlist

Lulla doll by founder Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, designer Birna Bryndís Þorkelsdóttir and marketing director Sólveig Gunnarsdóttir imitates the heartbeat and breathing pattern of a parent. That way, it aims to calm, improve sleep and create a sense of security for the infant.

“Lulla doll is an original and innovative design product that leans to a strong body of research and expert advice. The project reminds us of the importance of new ideas, innovations, collaboration between different fields and the necessity of perseverance and persuasiveness to gather investment and take an idea all the way to production.“

Or Type

Jury’s Shortlist

Type foundry Or Type was founded by graphic designers Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse in 2013. Their fonts have since been used in a variety of outlets ranging from magazines to packaging to the outfits of the Icelandic national football team in the European Cup 2016.

“With their varied, high quality typeface design OR Type has increased the selection and possibilities in using typography, challenging the existing conventions. The studio also runs an ‘online type foundry’  to open the horizons of the general public to the possibilities in type design.”

Powering the future

Jury’s Shortlist

The exhibition Powering the Future at the Ljósasstöð power station introduces electrical power from the basics to mass production and harnessing renewable energy in Iceland today. The exhibition was designed by Gagarín and Tvíhorf Architects, with a number of other companies and specialists participating in the project.

“The exhibition is collaborative work of high standards. Ambitious implementation, technical solutions and interface design create a pleasant and informational experience for guests of all ages.“

 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sigríður Heimisdóttir is the director for creative industries at the Federation of Icelandic Industries. For many years she worked for IKEA as head of product development, project leader for new ventures and as product designer. In 2010 Sigríður founded Labland, a design studio in Malmö, sweden, catering international businesses. Previously she was head of design for Fritz Hansen, as well as taking on projects for Vitra and the design museum in Germany. Heimisdóttir holds a degree in industrial design from istituto Europeo di Design and a masters degree from Domus Academy in Milan.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Kristín Eva Ólafsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. 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).

  • 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.