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The Icelandic Design Award 2016 Shortlist

The Icelandic Design Awards will be handed out for the third time in October 6th, in Safnahúsið, Hverfisgötu 15, at 18:00.

The jury has announced it’s shortlist, see below.

The award for the best investment in design 2016 will be handed out for the second time.

As We Grow

As We Grow is owned and run by textile designer Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir, fashion designer María Th. Ólafsdóttir and managing director Gréta Hlöðversdóttir. In their collections, the company combines tradition and modern day demands, aesthetics and durable clothing that both grows with the child and lasts between generations.

The jury writes:

“As We Grow builds upon sound environmental values and a sustainable approach to the use and life cycle of the products. The timeless simplicity of the design and high quality of the products with a societal responsibility and ambitious environmental policy has created a unique position for the company both in Iceland and abroad.“ 

Lulla Doll

Lulla doll by founder Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, designer Birna Bryndís Þorkelsdóttir and marketing director Sólveig Gunnarsdóttir imitates the heartbeat and breathing pattern of a parent. That way, it aims to calm, improve sleep and create a sense of security for the infant.

The jury writes:

“Lulla doll is an original and innovative design product that leans to a strong body of research and expert advice. The project reminds us of the importance of new ideas, innovations, collaboration between different fields and the necessity of perseverance and persuasiveness to gather investment and take an idea all the way to production.“

Or Type

Type foundry Or Type was founded by graphic designers Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse in 2013. Their fonts have since been used in a variety of outlets ranging from magazines to packaging to the outfits of the Icelandic national football team in the European Cup 2016.

The jury writes:

“With their varied, high quality typeface design OR Type has increased the selection and possibilities in using typography, challenging the existing conventions. The studio also runs an ‘online type  foundry’  to open the horizons of the general public to the possibilities in type design.”

Powering the future

The exhibition Powering the Future at the Ljósasstöð power station introduces electrical power from the basics to mass production and harnessing renewable energy in Iceland today. The exhibition was designed by Gagarín and Tvíhorf Architects, with a number of other companies and specialists participating in the project.

The jury writes:

“The exhibition is collaborative work of high standards. Ambitious implementation, technical solutions and interface design create a pleasant and informational experience for guests of all ages.“

Best investment in design 2016

Best investment in design recognises successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. It is handed over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness.

The winner will be announced in the award ceremony on October 6.

See more here.