Reykjavík Art Museum
– 23 April 2017
The exhibition “Case Studies. Product Design into the 21st Century” offers a diverse view of current Icelandic product design. As the name suggests, the discipline and its local expressions are examined using examples from recent practice that also provide information about various factors involved in the design process.
The awareness that product design is more than merely beautifying things is prevalent. An exhibition running in the Reykjavík Art Museum demonstrates how Icelandic designers deal with the requirements like being environmentally friendly or how they make decisions about choosing their materials and production processes, for instance. The designer Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, the ceramicist Ólöf Erla Bjarnadóttir and the geologist Snæbjörn Guðmundsson conduct their own materials research for example, by working out how to produce porcelain from local minerals. By contrast, in her work,Sigga Heimis is confronted with issues of mass production for IKEA whereby she has to meet standards concerning a variety of conditions affecting like quality, functionality or production price. The Float Cap by Unnur Valdís Kristjánsdóttir on the other hand is an example of how a product can have an effect on society. The cap, which stabilises the wearer’s head in the water, has unleashed a trend of “floating gatherings” in Iceland, a country rich in bathing culture.
Events such as talks and workshops are part of the accompanying programme.