Events

Natural dyes: a modern perspective
Sigmundur graduated from the fashion design program at the Icelandic University of the Arts in 2019. He has experience in innovative patternmaking, design, natural dyeing and sustainable solutions in textile design. He aims to develop new sustainable systems for modern clothing design and sustainable production, using Icelandic resources.
Sigmundur will be based in the research space of the museum this summer giving an insight into the research and design process.

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Few designers in Iceland have created as many works that are present in Icelanders’ daily life as Kristín Þorkelsdóttir. They can be seen in the most mundane of places—in refrigerators, inside bags or at the dinner table—or in locations as inaccessible as the Central Bank’s vaults. Kristín is the designer behind the packaging of many popular foods, as well as the series of banknotes currently in use in Iceland, which she created together with the designer Stephen Fairbairn. Kristín has also designed countless advertisements, books, and nationally known logos, many of which have been in use for over five decades.

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Jumper with everything for everybody, harvest time
Ýr Jóhannsdóttir is a textile designer and artist who works under the name Ýrúrarí. In her work she adventurously knits together humor, movement and craft. Ýr has shared her methodology through workshops where participants work with damaged sweaters from the Red Cross and bring them back to life.
During the residency at the Museum of Design and Applied Art Ýr has continue a project she started last year with The Red Cross in Iceland called Jumper with everything. The title is a reference to one of Iceland’s most famous take away “hot dog with everything”. In this project Ýr worked with jumpers that had been classified as ruined and not fit for sale.

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Textile designer and artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir or Ýrúrarí offers free workshops in creative mending on clothing at the Museum of Design and Applied Art.

The workshop offers tools, materials and room for embroidery, knitting, needle felting, machine sewing and educational material about textile mending. Participants are encouraged to bring clothes they want to fix, change or mend. There will also be sweaters from the clothing gathering of The Red Cross of Iceland that people can make an agreement on taking care off and bring home by the end of the workshop. If participants already have an idea of a mending they want to do they should bring specific yarns, fabric or other materials they want to use.

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01.04 Open 12-17
02.04 Closed
03.04 Open 12-17
04.04 Easter Sunday - closed
05.04 The museum is closed on Mondays

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On Sunday the 21st of March at 13:00 we will introduce and formally open a new educational table dedicated to and inspired by the the work of Einar Thorsteinn Ásgeirsson (1942 - 2015), designer and mathematician.
The table is designed for the whole family to enjoy and encourages creativity, experimentation and discovery that has to do with the relationship between size, shape and the nature of the universe.
The project is a collaboration between the Icelandic Design Museum and Jóhanna Ásgeirsdóttir, an artist who has specialized in communicating mathematics through artistic methods.

Jóhanna will present the project at the opening.

The project was funded by the Children's Cultural Fund 2020.

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Saturday 20th of March at 14.00

Curators of the exhibition, Inga S. Ragnarsdóttir and Kristín G. Guðnadóttir will give a guided tour of the exhibition. The guided tour will be in Icelandic.

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Textile designer and artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir or Ýrúrarí offers free workshops in creative mending on clothing at the Museum of Design and Applied Art.


The workshop offers tools, materials and room for embroidery, knitting, needle felting, machine sewing and educational material about textile mending. Participants are encouraged to bring clothes they want to fix, change or mend. There will also be sweaters from the clothing gathering of The Red Cross of Iceland that people can make an agreement on taking care off and bring home by the end of the workshop. If participants already have an idea of a mending they want to do they should bring specific yarns, fabric or other materials they want to use.

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Please note that the guided tour will take place in Icelandic.


As well as walking through this beautiful period of Icelandic ceramic history, Þóra Sigurbjörnsdóttir museologist, will give an insight into the work of a museum dealing with earthquakes and fragile objects.


The use of Icelandic clay was the basis for the fertile ceramic developments of the 20th century in Iceland. The pioneer Guðmundur Einarsson from Miðdalur founded Listvinahúsið in 1927. From 1946 to 1957 five new ceramic workshops were established in Reykjavik: Leirbrennsla Benedikts Guðmundssonar, Funi, Laugarnesleir, Roði and Glit. The work from these workshops make up the core of the exhibiton.

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Textile designer and artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir or Ýrúrarí offers free workshops in creative mending on clothing at the Museum of Design and Applied Art.


The workshop offers tools, materials and room for embroidery, knitting, needle felting, machine sewing and educational material about textile mending. Participants are encouraged to bring clothes they want to fix, change or mend. There will also be sweaters from the clothing gathering of The Red Cross of Iceland that people can make an agreement on taking care off and bring home by the end of the workshop. If participants already have an idea of a mending they want to do they should bring specific yarns, fabric or other materials they want to use.

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