4.4.14

The Haverkamps in Amsterdam

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 Milk





Photographer Louise Desrosiers
Found via Milk

31.3.14

What I covet from DesignMarch 2014

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, which was ok. Besides good design I love dogs and I had a really cozy time with Wolf over the weekend. 
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. 



Spark Design Space is one of my favorite design shop to visit and there I saw this lovely cup by designer Guðrún Lilja Guðlaugsdóttir, her contribution to an exhibition dedicated to tea.

Today I visited Epal, another 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 few of my favorites seen in Epal this afternoon.


 Hylur, a desk designed by Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir designer 


Selection of pillows by María Dýrfjörð

Bybibi tableware by Bíbí



Jökla

The frosty hues, shapes and textures of the Icelandic glaciers are what inspired the design team Postulina when designing the dinnerware Jökla (Glacial). Each piece is unique, made by hand and consists of bowls, plates, glasses and candleholders of different shapes and sizes. The dinnerware 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, adding just the right final touch to the presentation. 

Photographer Vigfús Birgisson

30.3.14

Hafsteinn+Karitas

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. 

Photographer Gunnar Sverrisson




Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir

Fell in love with the work of Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir when visiting Steinunn´s studio. 




Steinunn

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), and I was really impressed. 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. 









Interior shots, yours truly. 

29.3.14

Kisa



This little kitty cat looks all pretty and sweet and innocent, but lurking inside is a beast waiting to get out! Kisa, Icelandic for kitty, is the design of Þórunn Árnadóttir and product developer Dan Koval and the first product in a new family of candles, shaped as animals, called PyroPet. Kisa has been few years in the making and eagerly awaited by those intrigued by it, but images of Kisa have been available online since 2010. The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter last November and will be available in May in gray and pink. I can tell you that there´s already a waiting list for Kisa, because I just added my name to it today at Spark Design Space.