Iceland Exhibition Pairs Gorgeous Design with Love for the Ocean

April 10, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

By travel editor Tracey Minkin

Northern European designers pretty much blow me away on a daily basis, and when I caught up with a recent exhibit of fishing-themed products called 1200 Tons last month, I was blown away yet again. And enchanted. As part of Iceland’s annual DesignMarch festival (filling up design-crazy Reykjavik with fashion, furniture, architecture and food), this exhibit highlighted the beauty that could be created while reminding the world of its obligation to the world’s oceans.



First up, Icelandic ceramicist Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir’s gorgeously evocative porcelain lights molded from a series of buoys. Behind that glowing beauty sits one of numerous posters created by Finnish graphic designer Milja Korpela, who curated and designed the exhibit. (The title, 1200 Tons, refers to the amount of marine refuse that has been collected from Iceland’s coastline during the past 20 years by volunteer organization BláiHerinn, or The Blue Army.)



Guðmundsdóttir took her buoy inspiration in a second direction, casting charming bowls in porcelain that felt domestic and oceanic at the same time. I’d eat my morning cereal in these.



Meanwhile, graphic designer Korpela wasn’t just working in paper for 1200 Tons. She also created bright and charming patterned cushions with covers made from colored cotton and PVC – both common marine materials. (The patterns are based on international marine flags). Alongside these two wonderful designers, Thorunn Arnadottir and Dagný Bjarnadóttir showed off bright and whimsical playground toys made from recovered marine materials. Iceland inspired, once again.

To catch DesignMarch in 2016, keep an eye on the Iceland Design Center here and follow ‪@honnunarmidstod. See you next year in Reykjavik!

H/T to Dezeen.


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