29.3.11

Sruli Recht-When Gravity Fails

Also at Reykjavik Museum of Art, Sruli Recht presented an installation of his debut menswear collection. Sruli uses reindeer skins, bird feathers, horse and cod skin as well as lamb fur in his collection. These beautiful photographs, as well as the ones you find on his website, are shot by Marino Thorlacius


Shake fashion video


The Icelandic Fashion Institute, in collaboration with Saga Film and Inspired by Iceland presented Shake, a short film featuring several Icelandic fashion labels.

Featured designers:
STEiNUNN >> www.steinunn.com
Áróra >> aroradesign.net
ELM >> elm.is
Skaparinn // website coming soon
Helicopter >> helicopter-clothing.com
Royal Extreme >> beroyalextreme.com
Ásta Creative >> astaclothes.is
Eygló >> eyglocollection.com
MUNDI // mundivondi.net
Spakmannsspjarir >> spaksmannsspjarir.is
Hildur Yeoman >> hilduryeoman.com
KALDA >> www.kalda.is
Farmers Market  >> farmersmarket.is
Kron by KronKron >> kronbykronkron.com
Hanna Felting >> hanna.is
Arna Sigrún >> arnasigrun.com


Photographs, video and list of designers found via Yatzer





28.3.11

Fashion at DesignMarch

Two Icelandic fashion labels, Andersen & Lauth and Farmers Market joined forces and presented the Sound of fashion fashion show in the courtyard of Reykjavik Museum of Art where a live band played in the background. All images By Omar Oskarsson for Morgunbladid. See more here

27.3.11

Lessons in Origami with Megan Herbert


Another fun and creative thing I´ve been doing this DesignMarch is learning the origami technique with illustrator/writer Megan Herbert at the The Armoury, a concept store/studio she runs with partner Sruli Recht in the Reykjavík harbour area. God, there are so many things I could write about Sruli and Megan´s work, but for now I´ll concentrate on Megan, the origami lessons and her fantastic gift wrapping paper. Megan certainly is a long way from home, in fact, this native Australian has literally moved across the world to live and work here in Iceland. She told me that´s she has always had a fascination with gift wrapping and that from an early age she used to be very creative when it came to wrapping gifts for friends and family, sometimes customizing and making her own wrapping paper out of materials like Chinese newspapers which she painted in different colors. It´s no wonder then that few years ago Megan released her own collection of wrapping paper and gift tags to go with them. Each of Megan´s designs is imprinted on reclaimed deadstock and represent the elements we all share as human beings, ie. the blood that runs through our veins (Circulation), the bones in the body (Skeletal), the food that we digest (Digestion) and the oxygen that our lungs breath (Respiration). Megan uses the origami for decoration on the packages she wraps but they could equally be used as decorative elements at dinner parties for example. I have to admit that although I´ve always loved origami, I´ve lacked patience to give it a go and although I was quite clumsy during the lesson with Megan, I found it incredibly relaxing almost meditative. There was nice French music playing in the background and just a general feelgood vibe to the place. The origami lesson was definitely one of the best things I´ve been doing this DesignMarch, incredibly inspirational. I so much enjoyed my visit at The Armoury. Thank you Megan!


All images of wrapping paper by Marino Thorlacius


26.3.11

Reykjavik Letterpress party!

I had so much fun visiting Ólöf and Hildur at Reykjavík Letterpress yesterday when they opened their workshop to guests. We were allowed to experiment with the old printing technique letterpress, putting together words and sentences and watching them come alive with the help of the original Heidelberg printing machine which has been given the name Helga. I´ve blogged about Reykjavík Letterpress and one of their products here, but at their workshop I saw so many beautiful examples of their work. Wedding-, christening- or party invitations, business cards and colorful party decorations. Hildur and Ólöf are both graphic designers with a strong passion for the letterpress technique and that passion shines through in their work. 
Photographer: Örn Smári
Photographer: Yours truly

Aurum

Gudbjörg Ingvarsdottir has been making exquisite jewelry under the name Aurum since 1999. Flowers and elements found in Icelandic nature, are frequently the inspiration for the delicate jewelry with each line of jewelry bearing a different Icelandic female name such as Hekla, Alda, Svala and Gerdur! The Aurum jewelry is beautifully feminine, often with irregular forms which give them a fresh and modern look. 

Aurum´s latest collection, see below, is called Drífa and the inspiration for the collection are the amazing forms of frozen snow crystals.



23.3.11

Hrafnhildur Arnardottir a.k.a. Shoplifter

Visual artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, a.k.a. Shoplifter, has lived in New York for the last 17 years during which time she has become known for her unique installations as well as for her collaborative works with stylists, fashion designers and artists such as Björk. Her work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, Another Magazine and Dazed and Confused just to name a few. Hrafnhildur mostly works with human hair and admits being fascinated by it, not least for its strong symbolic meaning and links to our identity, our vanity and what constitutes attractiveness. 

"Vanity is to a different extent on the surface of my work and sometimes it appears only vaguely or in an abstract way, but it plays a role whether it is visible in the work or only in the air when I make it. I really respect the human need to decorate oneself and one´s environment, be it driven by vanity and obsession or sincere love for beauty, which in and of itself is vanity at its best".

In the Gray Area is an exhibition of Hrafnhildur´s works, which opened today at the Museum of Design and Applied Arts and runs until the 29th of May.  In the Gray Area is a very fitted name indeed since according to Hrafnhildur herself, the art world has had quite a problem placing her work. You´ll find much more info on Hrafnhildur and her work at her excellent website

P.S. I just found out that Shoplifter is to receive the Nordic Awards in Textiles this year;)
 The cover of Medúlla, the Grammy nominating album by singer/songwriter Björk.

For years, Hrafnhildur has worked with New York-based Icelandic stylist, Edda Gudmundsdottir. For fashion designer Victoria Bartlett and her label VPL, they teamed up to make bustiers, necklaces, capes and bags out of braided hair for the label´s Fall/Winter collection, in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  

White Wedding, a sculpture, installed at the top floor of 7 World Trade Center in 2007.



All images from Shoplifter website

18.3.11

A house in Puglia

A lot of us living in the North of Europe dream of owning a house in the sun, somewhere more warm and exotic where life is less hectic and where you can lounge outside in the warm sun, eat good food, chill or entertain friends. One Danish couple turned just such a dream into a reality when they bought this fantastic house in Puglia, in the south of Italy. The Puglia region in the southeast of Italy (the heel), is well known for it´s Trulli houses, a Trullo being a house with a conical roof. These kind of houses are believed to have been traditionally constructed without any cement or mortar (to avoid taxation) and their walls are thick and solid, which provides a cool environment in the summer and insulation against the cold in winter. The traditonal trulli houses are protected by the UNESCO world heritage law and anyone wanting to buy one and restore has to conform to the heritage law of UNESCO.
The large dining room table is an old work table which the couple brought with them from Denmark. The chairs are the Eiffel chair, designed by Ray and Charles Eames in the 1950´s. Three lamps designed by Robert Dudley and manufactured by Bestlite hang above the table. 
One of the bedrooms, the bed snuggly placed in a "cove".
The sofa table is from the Green Square shop in Copenhagen.
The Hardoy Chair, otherwise known as the Butterfly chair or the BKR chair, was designed in 1939 by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Juan Kurchan and Antonio Bonet and was first introduced in Buenos Aires in 1940 at a large interior design exhibition. 
Only two of the conical rooftops of the house are original, the rest of the house is newly built. 

Found via Skona hem
Photographer: Pernille Kaalund

17.3.11

The Isku Kokopuu Kitchen

Finnish designer Jaani Vaahtera has designed these minimalistic kitchen units for the Finnish furniture company Isku. The idea was to create a kitchen that is easily adaptable to different needs, providing new and unique possibilities to furnish the kitchen. The kitchen units are made out of solid birch with the ideals of sustainable development in mind. 



8.3.11

Hans Blomquist and H & M Home Collection

Now, I have to admit I´m probably the only woman in Iceland who is not a huge fan of H & M. But their home collection DOES look great, here beautifully styled by talented Hans Blomquist





Dietlind Wolf II

Brilliant concept by very talented German visual designer and prop stylist Dietlind Wolf, whose work I´ve posted before, see here

Concept, styling and illustration: Dietlind Wolf
Photography: Thomas Neckermann
Food: Marion Swoboda