The Icelandic Design Award

The Icelandic Design Award honors the best Icelandic design and architecture annually.

The importance of design in our society, culture and business is growing steadily. It is therefore vital to increase understanding of good design and underline the importance of quality.

Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect for an outstanding new work, object, project or collection. Each year, the award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process.

The Icelandic Design Award is established by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Museum of Design and Applied Art.

The nominated designers must be members of one of the founding associations of the Iceland Design Centre, or professionals in their field in order to be considered for the Icelandic Design Award. The work needs to be completed in the past two to three years prior to date in order to be considered for the award. The winner of the Icelandic Design Award 2014 receives ISK 1,000,000, granted by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation.

The first Icelandic Design Award was given to Designs from Nowhere in November 2014.

Designs from Nowhere is by Julia Lohmann, Max Lamb, Thorunn Arnadottir and Gero Grundmann, who were invited to East Iceland to work with local materials and resources. The results offer a bold mix of traditional and new design processes, exploring the potential for small-scale production in the region. The materials used include bone, fishing nets, rock, wood and seaweed.

The project is curated by Karna Sigurðardóttir and Pete Collard from the Design Museum, London.

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