“HÆ” – The Iceland Design Centre invites us to the eighth annual DesignMarch with this friendly Icelandic greeting usually reserved for friends and family. It is especially appropriate now as the festival has become indispensable to us locals, a fundamental part of the Icelandic social calendar and one of the most important cultural events of the year.
This year’s DesignMarch promises to be as filled with interest, intrigue and innovation as the previous years, with roughly 100 exiting events and exhibitions all over the Reykjavík area hosted by a variety of designers who welcome guests to enjoy the fruits of their hard work and creative thinking.
The events feature almost every kind of design imaginable, thus insuring that there will be something for everyone.
This past Friday was the informal beginning of the festival, the Grapevine Design Awards, where designers were awarded for their contribution to Icelandic design in a variety of categories. We recognized many of the winners from some of last year’s DesignMarch exhibitions which goes to show that the festival is a great oppurtunity to catch a glimpse of some high quality design.
We attended the event at Loft hostel not just to observe the award ceremony itself but also to join design enthusiasts like ourselves who are getting excited for DesignMarch. Loft hostel also serves as an information centre and “official hangout” for DesignMarch and is located at Bankastræti 7 in downtown Reykjavík.
DesignMarch 2016 officially starts on Thursday with DesignTalks, a day of inspirational talks by leading designers exploring this years theme of “innovation by design”. This year’s speakers include architects, graphic designers, textile designers, illustrators, innovation strategists and our very own mayor of Reykjavík. Tickets are still available at www.harpa.is
Our team will be covering DesignMarch 2016 extensively, attending as many events as humanly possible, striving to give our readers the whole DesignMarch experience.
If you happen to be in Iceland then we urge you to attend the festival and if not then we’ll keep you updated here and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
For more information and schedule visit www.designmarch.is
Photos courtesy Kristjana G. Kristjánsson
Tags: DesignMarch 2016, DesignTalks, Iceland, nordic design
Hugrún is an art and design enthusiast from Iceland, with a deep appreciation for aesthetics that deviate from the conventional.
Being born and raised in the Reykjavík region, she draws inspiration from the city’s quirky small-town culture, and the diversity and individuality of its inhabitants.
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