Reykjavik by Design

Life on this frozen, rugged island in the middle of the ocean has not been easy—it demands a certain level of patience, an iron stomach, and most of all, a deep well of creativity and a knack for finding the humor in a tough situation. Icelandic design reflects these virtues in both its originality and sense of humor.

In such a small place there are fine lines between Iceland’s communities centering on crafts, fine arts and design. And although it is still very much finding its feet, Icelandic design is beginning to develop a personality distinct from its Scandinavian brethren. The design you’ll find in city draws its inspiration from the essence of this place—materials that echo Icelandic nature like moss, lava and ice, and even the unique way Icelanders experience the world, from 24-hour daylight, black sand beaches and a treeless landscape, to the passage of time so far north on the globe.


Design March

DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival covering all fields of design including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design.

Over four days, Reykjavik Sizzles with creative energy with around one hundred exhibitions, workshops and other events spread across the town from the fishing harbor to the main street and the lava fields surrounding the city, turning the most Northern capital in the world into one big venue for design.