We introduced a new lamp done for Ikea during DesignMarch.
The inspiration for this lamp are fire flies in the summer and the technique is LED…and it comes flatpack!
The name is Onsjö and it is available at your next Ikea shop!
We had a wonderful DesignMarch here in Iceland the weekend 22-25th of March.
We exhibited some new items, mostly furniture, lighting and even some jewelry!
So many good people came to our studio and we had a wonderful time.
Hopefully we will see you all again next DesignMarch 2013!
I have been working on a project for an Icelandic company; varma.is
With a support from the Icelandic Export Office we researched the possibilites of our amazing sheep skin and we came up with a carefully selected lifestyle collection. First time for me to do clothing but there is a first time for everything!
Icelandic sheep skin is incredible and here are some images from our research and results.
Now, I have been kind of searching for the perfect location for the studio here in Iceland and guess what… I found it!! In an old fishing hut by the harbor of Reykjavik with heigh ceiling and gorgeous light… well, can it get any better!
We renovated it, cleaned it up and gave it a small facelift. And we love it!
Welcome anytime all you good people!
This year I am participating at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. I am exhibiting with the Icelandic Export Office of Iceland where different designers are being presented. This year I am showing some steel cabinets – as metal has been one of the materials that I have worked the most with. I also exhibit stools, with an Icelandic twist as they resemble small fish. If you happen to be at the fair then please visit us at Hall A Stand 01:40
I had the opportunity yet again to visit Mexico, that amazing country!
This time I did a workshop and a lecture for the University of Tec de Monterrey.
Needless to say I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing both the workshop and the lecture.
We are working on a extremely exiting project in Korea for a very interesting company.
We kicked it off early fall and news are be to expected early spring 2012..
Here you see a big part of the wonderful team..
I am privileged to lead an Ikea workshop for 10 young talented German students every fall.
The students have participated in a design competitions that is open to all German design schools and the winners get to know Ikea specially well.
We work with and in IKDC (the design department at Lund University, Sweden) and in the end of the workshop they present their work to relevant department at Ikea.
This year we had a great group, as we actually do every year, and they worked hard..and had a lot of fun
I exhibited my glass organs, that I have been working on with Corning Museum of Glass in NY, in Reykjavik Iceland during the annual Cultural night.
I was really happy to see how many came to learn about glass, design and organ donations.
The discussion needs to continue which I am positive it will.
In the end of the exhibition we had an auction where few of the organ pieces were sold.
All the money that came in was donated to specific organizations, the Cancer foundation, the Heart foundation and the Organization for Autism.
An amazing photographer Anna Maria Sigurjonsdottir collaborated with me on the exhibition and went with me to a local hospital where she photographed the organs.
The photographs in the combination with the organs made the she exhibition strong and powerful and I heard that Iceland had more organ donors after this happening… which made all the work and effort really worth while!
And..by the way… we will start to produce and distribute glass organs to specific museum shops in spring 2012..
we will let you know more soon!
Once again, actually for my 11th time, I will have a work-shop at the wonderful Boisbuchet, France.
The theme this year is Local production for an international market and I am looking so much forward to see what will come out of that..!
If you can’t make it for the first week of August to join us then I must suggest you to look at the other workshops on the calendar, there are many interesting ones this year!
I got the wonderful opportunity to work with the amazing Corning guys again!
This year we are doing new things from the human body; blood cells.
Both white and red… and some eyes are also being made.
This is seriously the most fun you can have… seriously!!
I urge everyone that has the opportunity to explore the world of glass… it is so primitive and strong.. and such an amazing experience.
I made a little owl family last summer..
It just came about when me and my hubby David were playing with a turning machine..
Today they posed with my other collection of wooden toys..
A wonderful friend of mine and a talented set designer by the name of Systa Björnsdóttir and I made a quick decision to re-make a window display downtown Reykjavik for the Design March.
Stella is a shop that has been run since 1942. You find a good selection of cosmetics but above all you find the best selection in town when it comes to pantyhose!
We wanted to make a bit of adventurous and fairy-tale feeling and to have recycle and environment in mind.
So, we decided to make a light installation and out of used and old things, in this case from old pantyhose and old lamps!
And the result you can see on the following pictures..!
I am passionate about how we treat our nature and in particular here in Iceland.
I feel we have one of the most unique and precious part of the planet which is still quite untouched.
But we need to pay attention and care for this amazing treasure and I made a couple of pieces as reminders.
One is a lamp, in shape of a gallon, that reminds us that we are slowly killing our nature.
And the other are small stools, in shape of our mountains that we have in the west and east of our island, flat on top because of eruptions under ice. Humans can sit on those stools..which shows a bit of disrespect for those wonderful creations of natural power.
But again, only furniture… but a reminder at the same time.
I found some lovely images on the blog of Hönnunarmiðstöð of my light installation done with simple Ikea lamps.
Here you have the link: http://blog.icelanddesign.is/designmarch-memories-sigga-heimis-at-toppstodin/ and here are the images:
..to see the final results of my wonderful students will be wonderful!
We started an intresting project in October 2010 and now it is time to see the conclusions.
The students have had time to work on their objects in glass and ceramics and now it is time to present.
I will come back with pictures!
I will lead a 3 week workshop in April with one of the leading Universities in Iceland; Reykjavik University.
The theme is “product development” and we will follow the path from first idea to the final stage of marketing.
And I truly look forward to that!
Me and an amazing friend and fantastic professional Systa Björnsdottir will do a special installation downtown Reykjavik.
The object is the windows of one of the most iconic cosmetic shop in town.
There will be an inspiration from recycling, pantyhose and grafics….!
really worth seing… pictures will be posted!
Address; Bankastraeti 3
A light installation at our new studio at Toppstödin.
Sponsored by Ikea and Slippfélagid.
Address: Rafstödvarvegur 4
Open: saturday and sunday.
A floor lamp and stools; a statement on how we are treating our unique nature.
Address: Grandagardur 16
Every year there is a Design Party in Iceland and it is coming up!
It is the marvelous Design March and the city of Reykjavik is bursting with design happenings.
Please let me know if you want tips and info about the highlights and I hope to see as many as possible at the biggest design party of the year!!
It was such a marvelous experience to exhibit at the Biologiska Museumet in Stockholm.
And what a lovely group of talented people! Thank you once again Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche!!
The exhibition is on 10-12. February.
And here you see a preview of some of the objects on show..!
Last year I had a very nice collaboration with Indiska in Sweden.
A lovely family company that produces home furnishing and fashion items in India.
I was so happy to see that the products I designed for them are called after me..
so the name of the chair and stool is actually SIGGA..which made me oh so happy!
And they are out in the shops now..!
We are opening up a new studio in Reykjavik, Iceland!
It is located in an old electrical plant surrounded by Icelandic nature.
You will find many intresting, cool and creative minds in the same location as it is a center for innovation and development.
I am so lucky to get to lead a design workshop once again at Boisbuchet this summer, in the first week of August.
We will work with a very intresting and personal brief, but made for the international market.
More information will come, but go to www.boisbuchet.org for more information about the magical place of Boisbuchet.
Hope to see a lot of you lovely people there!
I will be exhibiting with 19 wonderful designers at the Biological Museum in Stockholm
during the Furniture Fair in February.
Please go to www.biologiska.se for more information.
And I really hope to see you all there!
I had the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the Design Museum in Iceland my work, that I have been doing for the last 15 years, since I graduated as a designer.
The exhibition will go until the 30th of January 2011 and I hope to see you all there!
After working with Design Universities all over the world it was time to test Mexican design students!
The university in question was Anahuac Univeristy in Mexico city and we started our collaboration in October 2010.
And what an amazing country and what a lovely group of youngsters!
Their theme is to get people to the table to communicate, eat, socialize and enjoy human contact.
And the results will be shown in April 2011!
We made some new members in the organ family.
Many different eyes came to life and a brain and an ear as well.
Now in the beginning of 2011 we will make even more.
Stay tuned for other body parts…!
what a treat!!
I am going to meet up with the fantastic team of Glass Lab again and we are going to make some amazing creatures in glass!
The place is the Vitra Design Museum Campus and the time is 18th-20th of June!
There is going to be some mind blowing glassblowing all week 24 but I get to collaborate with the geniuses in the end of the week.
I hope to see you there!
Check out our “little” studio in the last number of RUM!
We will have a super interesting workshop in collaboration with IED in Madrid and the city of Madrid the week between 17th and 21st of May.
20 other workshops will be held in different places in the world on the same subject and the results will be combined with the Spanish pavilion in Shanghai in October as during the Milan Fair 2011.
Follow us on www.madriddesignnet.com in week 20!
We will have a really fun workshop this year in Boisbuchet (www.boisbuchet.org) in collaboration with BRIO.
Take a look at the theme and show up in the beginning of August…;)
“Designing my toy”
Toy design has progressed a lot in recent years. It has developed from being pure design for youngsters to a complicated industry that appeals to everyone; from young children to older collectors.
Everyone has a personal connection to toys – perhaps a memory of a favorite childhood toy, or something fun that you played with as a teenager, possibly even a collector’s item with that valuable number.
Toys are enjoyable, delightful and positive. They make one feel better – sometimes they are static but often they can be transformed. Somehow everything is allowed when it comes to designing toys – although it may be surprising to discover how many rules and regulations are actually involved.
But too many inferior toys are being manufactured today. Who would know that the biggest toy manufacturer in the world is McDonalds (for their “Happy Meals”)?
In this workshop we are going to design and make our amazing toy! We will make a toy that one would like to keep for life! We will work with natural materials, mostly wood – as wood only becomes more beautiful with age. We will paint and decorate and give the toys possibilities to hop or move or roll, whatever the designers choose to do.
Perhaps we will collaborate with a well- known and established company in this specialist area…yes! we will do it in collaboration with the wonderful company BRIO – check out www.brio.net!
We wanted to bring our studio from the south of Sweden to the capital; Stockholm.
And what a great response we got!
We will exhibit our first own design collection; LABLAND PRODUCTION at the Furniture Fair between 9th-13th of February.
It will be published on our website after the Fair and available in a coming webshop!
But we hope to see you in Stockholm!
I have the joy of leading a work-shop with young designers from Lunds University here in Sweden. They are working on the theme “Sustainable Furniture of the future” and the results will be shown at the Milan Furniture Fair 2010. It is going to be a show worth seeing… and here for starters you see some of the young talents..
Once again the wonders of Boisbuchet! I had a wonderful workshop with Florian Slotawa, a marvelous artist from Germany. We had 10 designers and 10 artist working on the theme “furniture in art and design”. They had to design a piece of furniture for an abandoned farm house and the result was really fascinating. But most of all, the designers and the artists learned about each other worlds and after the week
Finally we have our space at the harbor of Malmö, Sweden. And these are the first pictures..
Early this spring I had the pleasure to go to Majorca and work with local glass blowers on the glass organs. Two of the sweetest and talented women I know joined me and what a trip! We returned with boxes of glass hearts and kidneys and hopefully they will become even more..