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DesignTalks in DesignMarch


Design and cross-disciplinary collaboration
22 March, 2012, 10:00 - 15:30. Gamla Bíó, Ingólfsstræti 2a.

DesignMarch opens with DesignTalks, a one-day-long series of lectures on topical issues within the creative industries. This year, the theme for the Talks is cross-disciplinary collaboration.

From science to saunas, graphic design to food, the speakers are four internationally acclaimed designers that work on the boundaries between different fields:

Marije Vogelzang

Tuomas Toivonen

Koert van Mensvoort

Hjalti Karlsson

Marije Vogelzang
, eating designer
The leading name in food design, Dutch Marije Vogelzang uses food as a tool to interact, explore, engage and enjoy. In the past 12 years, she created dozens of installations, performances and other projects focusing on food. Vogelzang is also the founder and designer of the experimental restaurant PROEF in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Tuomas Toivonen
, architect, urbanist and musician
Based in World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, architect Tuomas Toivonen is the founder of design studio NOW for Architecture and Urbanism as well as an accomplished musician. Toivonen’s recent project Culture Sauna seeks to revive the urban bathing culture in Helsinki.

Koert van Mensvoort
, artist, scientist
A modern day polymath, Koert van Mensvoort has a doctorate in philosophy as well as degrees in computer science and arts. His work with focuses on the challenges of our times and the interplay of man, nature and technology.

Hjalti Karlsson
, graphic designer
Icelandic Hjalti Karlsson has been running the design studio Karlssonwilker in New York for 12 years, with clients including Vitra, MoMA and New York Times Magazine. Karlssonwilker designed the visual identity for DesignMarch 2012.

The talks are hosted by professor Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

The talks are curated in collaboration with Vík Prjónsdóttir and Gardar Eyjolfsson designer.

Tickets (ISK 3900) are available at, the fee includes refreshments by Happ.

DesignTalks open Iceland’s most important annual design festival. The one-day-program features the foremost local design thinkers alongside internationally renowned names. Previous speakers to have inspired the audiences include Winy Maas, Ilkka Suppanen, Siggi Eggertsson, Bjarke Ingels and Paul Bennett.

The DesignMarch Talks are held in collaboration with Innovation Center Iceland and Promote Iceland.

The DesignMarch Talks are part of World Design Captial Helsinki 2012