DesignMarch aims to imbue the city with life, with design at every
step: vacant shop premises will be filled with Icelandic design; cafés
will serve their refreshments in Icelandic crockery; impressive
exhibitions and installations will be seen all over town. Not to
mention shops outside the city center, exhibitions and open studios.
DesignMarch also includes a series of lectures, a seminar, film
screenings, and a new approach to city sightseeing, guided by
The Design Centre hopes that as many people as possible will seize the opportunity to see, hear and enjoy Icelandic design.
DesignMarch 2009 Opening Party
MUNDI presented his AW09 collection at the Reykjavik Art Museum
DesignMarch lecture series featured architect Bjarke Ingels founder of BIG and Paul Bennett chief creative officer of IDEO, who amongst many of Icelands most prominent designers inspired the icelandic design community with their lectures.
The design duo Borðið, clayproducer Leir 7 and master chef Friðrik V invited to a feast introducing The Icelandic Clay Pot.
30 product designer filled vacant spaces in the main street of Reykjavík, Laugavegur, with their designs.
PechaKucha night was inspiring.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 2009
DesignMarch Lecture Series
27.03 at 13:00 | The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata, 101 Reykjavík
Paul Bennett, IDEO | Design Thinking
Paul Bennett, managing partner, Europe and chief creative officer of IDEO
, gives the opening lecture of the DesignMarch Lecture Series.
28.03 at 13:00 | The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata, 101 Reykjavík
Bjarke Ingels, BIG | Architecture and Design - Yes is More - A Theory of Architectural Evolution
The Danish architect Bjarke Ingles of Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG
a Copenhagen based group of 85 architects, designers, builders and
thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism,
research and development, gives a lecture in the DesignMarch Lecture
30 product designers enliven empty spaces
27.03 at 18:00 | 28.03 at 12:00 - 18:00 | 29.03 at 12:00 - 18:00 | Bankastræti and Laugavegur, 101 Reykjavík
30 dynamic product designers take over newly abandoned spaces in the
main shopping street and fill it with life again. Installations on
Laugavegur, extending into the shops on Bankastræti. Designers meet the
public and tell the tale.
27.03 at 18:00 | Party on the move.
Urban Planning and Public Health
27.03 at 17:00 | 28.03 at 11:00 | 29.03 at 13:00 | Reykjavík City Hall
Conference on urban planning and public health held by the Association of Icelandic Architects at Reykjavík City Hall.
The city as a whole – Infrastructure – Growth
Sustainability - Environment
Urban space - Healthy life of the city
27.03 at 20:30 | Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík
In collaboration with Ráðuneytið, the Design Centre presents a Pecha
Kucha evening at the Hafnarhús site of the Reykjavík Art Museum. The
innovative Pecha Kucha approach involves a program of short and diverse
lectures. The program will focus on design.
Golden Section | Jewellery designers exhibit
27.03 | 28.03 | 29.03 at 10:00 - 17:00 | Aðalstræti, 101 Reykjavík
A new treasure-trove is to be found underground on Aðalstræti, where
jewellery designers have joined forces to hold their exhibition
Gullinsnið/Golden Section, adjoining the Settlement Exhibition 871+/-2.
During DesignMarch only.
Kúlan | design and furniture from 1962
26.03 | 27.03 | 28.03 | 29.03 at 11:00 - 17:00 | The National Gallery of Iceland | Fríkirkjuvegi 7 | 101 Reykjavík
The National Gallery of Iceland’s contribution to DesignMarch is Kúlan.
Kúlan was a furniture shop in Reykjavík, founded in April 1962 with the
objective of selling affordable new furniture and objets d’art. The
shop was founded by Manfreð Vilhjálmsson, Magnús Pálsson and Magnús
Jóhannsson, and Dieter Roth is believed to have been an advocate of the
idea. The National Gallery café will exhibit furniture and pictures
FÍT Award winners | Exhibiton
27.03 | 28.03 | 29.03 at 10:00 - 19:00 | Saltfélagið, Grandagarði 2, 101 Reykjavík
The winning entries of the Association of Graphic Designers Awards 2009 – Graphic Design in Iceland, exhibited.
Architecture on the big screen
27.03 at 20:00 - 23:00 | 28.03 at 20:00 - 24:00 | The Nordic House, Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík
Films where architecture and design plays an important role – whether as the focus of the film or in the background.
Fri: Koolhaas Houselife (2008) and Mon Oncle (1958) introduced by Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon
Sat: My architect (2003) and The Fountainhead (1949) introduced by Guja Dögg Hauksdóttir.
26.03 | 27.03 | 28.03 | 29.03
The Kaffitár cafés join forces with the Association of Icelandic
Ceramic Artists, serving food and drinks on Icelandic tableware.
Erró design competition
27.03 at 12:00 - 17:00 | 28.03 at 10:00 - 17:00| 29.03 at 10:00 - 17:00 | Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík
The Iceland Design Centre, Kraum design shop and Reykjavík Art Museum
joined forces to hold an inventive design competition: contestants
designed an object inspired by, or making reference to, a work of art
by Icelandic painter Erró. The winning entries and other selected
entries are on exhibition at the Hafnarhús site of the Reykjavík Art
26.03 at 16:00 - 19:00 | 27.03 at 12:00 - 24:00 | 28.03 at 12:00 - 24:00 | 29.03 at 12:00 - 22:00 | The Nordic House, Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík
In collaboration with the Nordic Fashion Biennale
the Association of Icelandic Fashion Designers holds its fashion show:
7 Windows, at which seven fashion design companies show their work.
An ambitious program on fashion design is held at the Nordic House at the same time.