Iceland’s Design Innovators

This weekend saw the conclusion of Iceland’s annual design event DesignMarch. The four day festival was a celebration of the creative and resourceful individuals who have helped Icelandic design grow from its craft-based roots and into a thoroughly modern, fundamental industry. Much like the nation, Iceland’s design tradition is very young – its term for design, hönnun, only came about in the 1950s. The lack of tradition has proved to be an advantage, however, ensuring freedom, innovation and creativity. This residential building set into the captivating Icelandic landscape was designed by Studio Granda Architects.

One of Iceland’s most famous talents is Björk, whose newest release Biophilia is the world’s “first app album” created in collaboration with Apple. Accompanying each song on the album is an interactive iPad apps made by a leading programmers and designers.