This week, the 5th annual DesignMarch, organized by the Iceland Design Centre, is upon us and Icelandic designers of various disciplines proudly present a smorgasbord of their latest designs, be it graphic design, fashion, jewelry, ceramics, product design or architecture. The mood is festive, there´s optimism and excitement in the air and no wonder, design in Iceland is blossoming! During DesignMarch, design aficionados are busy fluttering between galleries, shops, museums or other unique venues where the focus is firmly on design. There are opening parties to go to, things to see and people to meet and one really has to be super organized to be able to cover everything properly.
My first stop yesterday was design store Epal, where for 38 years, Eyjolfur Palsson has introduced us to quality design, how to appreciate it for its beauty and excellent craftsmanship and how to spot the real thing from the replicas.
This year, 33 Icelandic designers presented 39 new designs in Epal and I will be blogging in more details about some of them a bit later because right now I have quite a few opening parties to go to.