Iceland Design Awards 2015

Winner – Eldheimar

The exhibition communicates a unique moment in the Icelandic natural history in an extraordinary way, using creative, well implemented and functional solutions with powerful aesthetics to interact with the visitors. The project is exceptionally ambitious. It is also a profoundly important, rare example of a cross-disciplinary collaboration between designers and architects.

Best Investment in Design – Össur

Össur has managed to integrate design, science and traditional production in an extraordinarily successful way. Since its founding in 1971, Össur has put considerable emphasis on design, invested in design, and included design as one of the key factors in its product development process. With its values, the company has encouraged its staff to constantly strive for progress, break the rules and to take considered risks. The results speak for themselves.

Össur has repeatedly introduced new, revolutionary designs that have radically improved the quality of life of its customer.


Jury’s Shortlist

Everything to Eternit
Everything to Eternity is a landscape architecture project located closeby the Garðakirkja church in Álftanes. Initiated by the parents of Guðrún Jónsdóttir, a 19-year-old girl who deceased in an accident in 2006, it is designed by Studio Granda in collaboration with visual artist Kristinn E. Hrafnsson.

“The project references the traditional Icelandic building methods and connects past, present and future both tangibly and philosophically. It beautifully unravels the social and ecological responsibility that architecture should carry in our society. Humble and elegant, the project as a whole is an ode to our roots and existence.

Aníta Hirlekar
Fashion design by Aníta Hirlekar is characterised by strong colour combinations and hand embroidered textiles. Inspired by a chaotic flow of colours in the backside of embroidered textiles, the pieces feature handsewn lines and loose, multi-coloured threads like strong strokes of paint.

“Hirlekar’s original approach to textile combines crafts and fashion in an unique way. Sculptural cuts, artistic colour palette and unique materials – think wool worked by hand with visible stitches –  underline the value and beauty of the craft.”

The Icelandic Flag
The Icelandic Flag by graphic designer Hörður Lárusson has its roots in the report by the flag committee from 1915. The on-going project includes a book of the original suggestions for the Icelandic flag drawn for the first time; exhibitions and events at DesignMarch, and a collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office of Iceland on the print and digital colour definitions of the Icelandic flag.

“The project demonstrates the importance of ambitious research work and excellent design in taking care of our heritage and bringing it to this day. The project underlines the importance of research as part of the design process.”

Primitiva by Katrín Ólína Pétursdóttir is a collection of 40 talismans. Based upon 3D printing technology and cast in bronze, the items encompass an entire philosophy of fundamental existential questions. When worn, they can serve to deepen the sense of self as wearable ‘objects of awareness’. In addition to the objects, Petursdóttir also wrote the book Primitiva, book of Talismans.

“In Primitiva, Katrín Ólína Pétursdóttir juxtaposes metaphysical existential questions and high-tech production methods in a unique manner. The project combines innovation, technology, design and philosophy in a notable way. Mirroring both the growth of the designer in her profession and the extensive body of research work behind it, there is great power in the project.”

Panel of Judges 2015
Harpa Þórsdóttir, chairman, Hönnunarmiðstöð
Kartín María Káradóttir, fatahönnuður, LHÍ
Massimo Santanicchia, arkitekt, LHÍ
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, vöruhönnuður, Hönnunarmiðstöð
Almar Guðmundsson, hagfræðingur, SI
Örn Smári Gíslason, grafískur hönnuður, Hönnunarmiðstöð 

Iceland Design Awards 2014

Winner – Designs from Nowhere

Designs from Nowhere is a comprehensive project. It explores the possibilities for a small-scale design and production in East Iceland, using locally sourced materials and skills. The project, which was initiated by Pete Collard and Karna Sigurðardóttir features the designers Þórunn Árnadóttir, Gero Grundmann, Max Lamb and Julia Lohmann who collaborated with local practitioners in East Iceland. The apt connection of people, places and material sources results in a dynamic dialogue from which new material outcomes derived.

Jury’s Shortlist

ljÓsmyndastúdíÓ H71a
Photographer Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson’s studio and gallery in Hverfisgata 71a by Studio Granda beautifully conjugates an existing timber house with its extension, carefully considering its context. Small-scale interventions such as this are absolutely necessary to preserve and expand the vitality of downtown Reykjavik. The project proves that new buildings can be designed and built in harmony with our existing built environment.

skvís by Siggi Eggertsson was exhibited at Spark Design Space in October-November 2013.The project showed the power and ability of graphic design in creating unique experiences. The exhibition features eight faces, hidden in abstract patterns, a trademark style that Eggertsson has developed for years. The project sets Eggertsson’s graphic design work to an entirely new context; in it, the viewer gets a chance to step directly into the energetic world of the designer, marked by a superb colour palette, optical patterns and the conjunction between two- and three dimensional design.

MaGnEa aw2014
Fashion designer Magnea Einarsdóttir’s Autumn 2014 collection was introduced at Reykjavik Fashion Festival earlier this year. Einarsdóttir’s approach is fresh – she combines the traditional Icelandic wool with modern, surprising materials to a collection that portrays a vivid sense for material, exquisite skills in knitting, technical skills and careful research. The outcome is a collection of unexpected, clean and graphic pieces that are rich in details, textures and finishes.

Panel of Judges 2014
Harpa Þórsdóttir, chairman
Massimo Santanicchia, lektor in architecture
Örn Smári Gíslason, graphic designer
Laufey Jónsdóttir, fashion designer
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, product designer