Iceland Design Awards will take place on the 14th of November.

The Icelandic Design Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in our society, culture and business has been growing steadily, and it is therefore vital to increase the understanding of good design and highlight the value of quality.

Here are the nominees for Iceland Design Awards 2019:

Wave by Genki Instruments


Wave, by Genki Instruments, is designed for musicians to enhance their experience andinterpretation. It is a tool for creativity, an exciting and futuristic project pointing to where wearable technology is heading and should feel natural. The quality of the product is testament to the rigorous research and development that placed users at its core at every stage. Genki Instruments is a design-driven hardware technology company, an inspirational start-up where design, engineering and music combine, encapsulating vision, passion and endurance, and has received recognition from across the world.

Lauf – True grit


True Grit is an innovative bike design based around the company’s original and cutting-edge design of a front-wheel fork. With the True Grit bike, Lauf Cycling has made full use of that fork by taking a logical next step in building on the original innovation and translating it into a complete product. Lauf Cycling has been successful at branding and building a legacy around their product. The whole feel is one of strength, yet the product is fun, exciting and of great quality as has been proved in various competitions around the world and written about in trade magazines.

HEIMA - Búi Bjarmar & UNICEF


An interesting and creative design project where UNICEF and designer Búi Bjarmar explore the reception of refugee children in Iceland. The project addresses the sensitive and difficult task of receiving unaccompanied refugee children with the aim of simplifying the process and improving the experience of those involved. HEIMA is a human-centered design process that involves collaboration with the relevant parties through workshops and discussion. It is a good example of how design can be applied across a range of fields in society.

Akureyri Art Museum - Kurt og Pí


The renovation of the historical co-op buildings in Akureyri provides a new urban and cultural landmark, giving a renewed prominence to the „gil“ or iconic ravine in the town. This new addition reactives the older buildings, bringing together spaces at multiple levels with a circulation flow that allows for new visual connections to be made across the natural and urban landscape. The many exhibition spaces are diverse and the execution and detailing of the architecture is that of quality and refinement.

Rebranding the National Museum of Iceland - Jónsson & Le’macks


The design of the new identity for the National Museum of Iceland is a simple, yet elegant rebrand for an institution that concerns the whole population. The new identity reawakens the guests‘ interest of a modern and exciting museum and reminds us of the treasures it holds. The design is inspired by, and uses elements from, the history of the nation. The design of the visual identity is typographically driven and uses four historical typefaces, dating back to the 9th century, and colors relating to the country’s strong craft heritage. This, along with a mixture of photographs of some of the finest pieces from the museum’s collection, creates an interesting world that invites everyone to take a closer look.