A warehouse turned family home, located in the popular Jordaan area of Amsterdam. This is the home of interior designer and head of FLOW design company, Marius Haverkamp, his wife Emily (the creator of Gray Label, a line of children´s clothes) and their two young children, Beer and Filippa. Love the high ceilings, the enormous windows, the rough industrial look and the plants in the courtyard which bring a welcome dash of lush green to the whole house. For those fluent in French, visit Milkfor more info.
Being rather worse for wear after the party-hopping and dining out on Friday night, plus dog sitting over the weekend a dog called Wolf (who, like me, was also rather worse for wear recovering after an operation on his leg), changes of visiting each and every event at this year´s DesignMarch were pretty much out of the question. But from what I saw of DesignMarch, I in particular enjoyed visiting The Culture House (one of the most architecturally perfect buildings here in Reykjavik), which this year was dedicated exclusively to exhibitions on graphic design and designers. I always enjoy meeting, (although very briefly this time), Hildur and Ólöf at Reykjavik Letterpress who this year introduced us to Dutch letterpress/graphic designer Tiny Risselada. And I personally thought graphic designer Sigríður Rún Kristinsdóttir´s exhibition/workshop, Anatomy of Letters, the best exhibition overall this year.
Today I visited Epal, a favorite design shop which this year presented The Countless Colours of Icelandic Design, where a selection of new-ish designers presented their latest products. Here are just a 3 of my favorites, seen in Epal this afternoon.
The frosty hues, shapes and textures of the Icelandic glaciers inspired the design team Postulina when designing the dinnerware Jökla (Glacial). Each piece is unique and handmade. Thedinnerware collection consists of bowls, plates, glasses and candleholders of different shapes and sizes. Jökla was presented at Crymogea, a small publishing house which specializes in quality books on Icelandic art and design, with huge photographs of glaciers by photographer Vigfús Birgisson lining the walls and framing the dinnerware, adding just the right final touch to the presentation.
And now on to some interiors. My very first entry on Koolandkreativ back in 2009 featured product designer Hafsteinn Júlíusson and his Growing Jewelry collection. Since then, Hafsteinn and his equally talented wife, Karitas, have teamed up and branched into interiors, products, packaging, branding, exhibitions and experience designs. Their beautiful apartment in central Reykjavik is up for sale.
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is probably one of our most successful fashion designers ever. After working as Senior designer for Calvin Klein and Gucci and Design Director for La Perla, Steinunn has been working on her own brand since 2000. Steinunn has given lectures on fashion, design and creativity all over the world, curated large exhibitions in Iceland, Shanghai and Paris and received countless awards and honors. And deservedly so. Her clothes are pieces of art, beautifully made and the attention to detail and choice of fabric pure perfection. I´ve attended one of her lectures, given in 2009, when one of the largest art museums in Reykjavik ran a large private exhibitions of Steinunn´s work. I believe it´s the first and only time an Icelandic fashion designer has been given that honor. In the lecture, Steinunn showed us photographs of details in the Icelandic landscape, be it lava, moss, ice or wild plants and then photographs featuring her clothes and how the Icelandic landscape had weaved itself into the clothes.
Steinunn´s workshop is located by the old harbor in Reykjavík, an area up until recently almost exclusively reserved for the rather uninspiring fishing industry. Today, the area around the harbour is rapidly turning into a melting pot of creativity, with interesting restaurants, cafés, bars, delicatessens and designer studios opening up in the old fishermen´s huts lining one of the main roads. Steinunn´s studio is located in one of these old fishermen´s huts which I got to visit for the first time last DesignMarch and again during this year´s DesignMarch. The interior shots are taken last year when I very happily Instagrammed left, right and center, wherever I went.
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