Exhibition | Icelandic Contemporary Design

Icelandic Contemporary Design at the Nordic Lighthouse

The exhibition ICELANDIC CONTEMPORARY DESIGN opened at the Nordic Lighthouse in Shanghai in China on the 1st of September.

The exhibition is intended to mirror quality in Icelandic design in recent years, according to various definitions where good ideas evolved, due to professional ambition, sincerity and rationality—ideas that were developed to their fullest and supported by a mentality that ought to be emphasized in today’s world. The aim is to call attention to the value of good design and effective ingenuity for human society - a vital resource for the future.

The exhibition at the  Danish Design Center

The exhibition covers works of twenty-two designers and design teams who have gained attention both in Iceland and abroad. They are intended to spotlight the characteristics of contemporary Icelandic design, with regard to both appearance and ideology. It's up to each viewer to determine whether there are consistent attributes of a nation to be seen or whether the work is shaped by the matrix out of which they emerged, by the designer's background or the prevalent forces at play – or, in some cases, all at once.  

The exhibition is accompanied by a presentation of recent graduates in product design whose works have attracted attention.

The exhibition was first opened at the Reykjavík Art Museum in 2009.
Photographer: Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson

The exhibition is open from September 1st throught September 29th 2010.

This exhibition is organized by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Icelandic Ministry of Industry and the Aurora Design fund.  
Curator: Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir  
Exhibition design: Kurtogpí in collaboration with Atelier Atli Hilmarsson

Designers and work in the exhibition:  

Katrín Ólína
Cristal Bar, Hong Kong

VA Arkitektar
Blue Lagoon Clinic

Landslag ehf
Siglufjörður Avalanche barriers

Studio Granda
Hof Country residence


rut kara home
Rut Kára

+ Arkitektar
Hótel Borg renovation


Borgarfjörður High School

Fly Tinna Gunnarsdóttir
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir

Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir
Visual inner structure

Blown Glass Kristín Sigfriður Garðarsdóttir
Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir
Blown glass

Krummi Bird Coat Hanger INgibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir
Ingibjörg Hanna
- Bird Coat Hanger

My family STella Design
Stella Design
My family

Go Form
Go Form
MGO 182 & MGO 500

Shelve life Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir og Snæfríð Þorsteins
Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir & Snæfríð Þorsteins
Shelve life

Skrauti Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson
Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

Snæfríð Þorsteins & Hildigunnur Gunnarsdóttir
2922 days
Rocky Tre Dogg Design
Rocky Tre

HOch die Tassen Hrafnkell Birgisson product design
Hrafnkell Birgisson
Hoch Die Tassen

Sproti og Spuni Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir
Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir
Sproti & Spuni

Dagur Óskarsson
Dalvík - sled

Utensils Sóley Þórisdóttir
Sóley Þórisdóttir

Flower eruption Jón Björnsson
Jón Björnsson
Flower Eruption

Stuðlar FRiðgerður GUðmundsdóttir
Friðgerður Guðmundsdóttir