Design – The world’s most Northerly design week is back. Until May 8, DesignMarch 2022 takes over downtown Reykjavik with exhibitions, events, parties and talks. Whether it is about upcycling, recycling, reducing waste, experimenting with local materials or creating statement designs with a responsible message, sustainability is the keyword of the festival. We have selected six projects shining a light on Iceland’s creative community’s commitment to a better future.
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Iceland-based designer Tobia Zambotti continues his design exploration of pandemic-related pollution. His COAT-19 icy puffer jacket is filled with single-use face masks. “We collected around 1500 light-blue masks around the streets of Reykjavík, thoroughly disinfected them with ozone gas and shipped them to Helsinki to fashion design student Aleksi Saastamoinen, where they became a statement fashion garment.” The outer layer is a semi-transparent breathable and waterproof laminate based on bio-sources that let the disposable masks be visible.
Architecture studio ARKITÝPA presents the ARKITÝPUR circular collection made from up-cycled materials from the construction industry. “Tons of leftover stone material are thrown away by stone suppliers every year. Our tables are designed to reuse this le over the material in playful combinations.” Explain the studio co-founders Ástríður Birna Árnadóttir FAÍ and Karitas Möller FAÍ.
Mineral wool, a fibrous insulating material formed by spinning or drawing molten minerals or rocks, is one of the few building ingredients produced in Iceland. From here, Studio Flétta and Kristín Sigurðardóttir explored the design opportunities from recycling and reshaping the material which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
With the Clayscape project, material designer Hulda Katarína Sveinsdóttir studied Icelandic minerals to create ecological coloring methods and produce pure Icelandic pigments. The research involved the collection and documentation of local minerals as well as developing methods to process the raw materials. “My primary goal was to develop an eco-friendly way to make wax crayons of pure Icelandic clay.”
Theodora Alfredsdottir presents Composition Lights, a luminous collection for Reykjavik-based design company FÓLK playing with simple forms and pure natural materials. “The series is a simple narrative of light, structures and textures. Using a standardised aluminium tube and a block of marble, the making produces little to no waste,” explains the designer.
At the Hae/Hi – Designing Friendship exhibition, Thorunn Arnadottir presents Hi-Five, a quirky sculptural object playing with balance and gravity. The Icelandic designer teamed up with Seattle-based designer Fin, who made the column from a walnut tree and picked a stone from his neighborhood in Vashon Island, USA. The piece also features km-0 birch and lava rocks from a volcano not far from Thorunn’s home.
All photos: courtesy of DesignMarch 2022.