Guðmundur Oddur will give a guided tour around the exhibiton. The guided tour will be in Icelandic.

Einar Þorsteinn was a pioneer in geometric research and the use of 3D models, through which he was able to study and explain concepts such as five-fold symmetry. He was also ahead of his time in the study of sustainability, as shown in the dome houses he designed in the 1980s, each of which featured its own indoor garden.

Einar Þorsteinn can best be described as a true Renaissance man. He was also a collaborator, working closely with the artist Ólafur Eliasson, for example on the glass exterior of the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, and with the architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller.

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Yesterday, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, our Minister our Culture came for a visit as well as the new director for education and culture in Garðabær, Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson. Good start on a new year.

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Nordic Forum for Design History 2018, November 23 rd. from 9-19.

People are welcome to pop in and out of the Forum during the day.

Most of the talks will be in English.

Please register at before the 20th of November.
Those who register will be invited for lunch.

Friday 23/11
Theme: Copies, Classics & Traditions

09.00 Welcome to Iceland’s Design Museum & Garðabær, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir

09.15 Introduction to the theme: Copies, Classics & Traditions, Anders V. Munch

09.30 Keynote lecture: Driftwood on Icelandic Coast. Traveling ideas
Guðmundur Oddur, Research Professor, Iceland University of the Arts

10.30 Coffee break

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An introduction to the icelandic architect Högna Sigurðardóttir (1929 - 2017) and a visit to one of her buildings nearby the Design Museum. The talk at the museum and the guided tour around the house will take place in Icelandic.

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Sunday 4th of november from 13-17.
Fashion designer Helga Björnsson spent years in the midst of the haute couture at Louis Féraud in Paris and has created costumes for Icelandic theatres. Her drawings and sketches are works of an artist. With only a few pencil lines she conjures up both elegance and sensuality. Helga will be offering 30 original drawings for sale for 17.500 kr. each.

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1. st of November from 17 - 18
HOUSE MUSIC on the last day of his exhibition, Torfa Fannar, will rest his knitting machine and put on his hat as a DJ and play some house music with his friend 'Aslákur Ingvarsson.

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Ólafur Elíasson will reflect on his collaboratin with Einar Þorsteinn Ásgeirsson (1942–2015). Einar Þorsteinn joined Ólafurs studio in the year 2000 and they worked closely together for 12 years until Einar lost his health.

When talking about how the involvement of different people has become a central aspect of the development of his projects Ólafur says: „One of the most central person in this, has since I first met him in 1996, been Einar Thorsteinn. His skills and understanig of my work has been extremely important for the creaton of a large range of ideas.“

Einar said about Ólafur: „But most important of all in my view, Olafur has marked himself a good starting point in the real sense of what art stands for. Thus, consiously or not he is able to work towards „braking up the rigidity of our common thought– structures“ with his art." (2002)

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One of nature´s great economical shapes, the sphere, is a recurrent form in Einar Þorsteinn´s work which we have been filing at the museum for the past months. I relation to this work the designers Björn Steinar Blumenstein and Steinunnn Eyja Halldórsdóttir will be offering a soap bubbles workshop for kids and grown ups at the museum. Participants will make their own soap bubble tools and experiment their function. The workshop is free of charge.

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The Icelandic childrens wear company AS WE GROW will open a pop up in our museum store on Saturday from 12 - 17.

The Icelandic children’s clothing company was created with the idea of making quality, long-lasting garments that integrate ethics, thoughtfulness, and a long life cycle for each piece, every step of the way. As we Grow received the Icelandic Design Award in 2016.

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25 September
At Lækjartún, 850 Hellu (1 hours drive from Reykjavík)

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