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by Francesca Connolly last modified Jan 21, 2014

On a recent trip to Reykjavik, Iceland, we found ourselves spending hours at Spark Design Space, a combination exhibition space and shop founded by Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.  Located on a hilltop in the center of the city, Spark happens to be the only gallery in Reykjavik dedicated to showcasing design, and offers a year-round calendar of exhibits. Its companion shop, meanwhile, sells a stream of products from its shows past and present. "We call this our slow shop," says Sigríður who originally started the retail space as an extension of her classroom and a way for her students to collaborate and have an outlet for their work. Textiles, ceramics, small toys, and household goods are displayed in the sunny storefront. Framed posters by graphic designer Goddur—a colleague of  Sigríður's at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a major force in the Icelandic design scene since the 1980s—  are stacked along the walls. They became our favorite souvenirs of the city. Above: Spark Design Space is located in downtown Reykjavik just off Laugavegur street, the oldest shopping street in the city. Photograph by Alísa Kalyanova . Above: Spark is half gallery, half shop. Shown here, a roll of salmon pink bubble wrap for packing and showing objects. Photograph by Nomar Parker . Above: A display of necklace-like  Sasa Clocks . The color-coded beads hang around a mirrored wheel that turns every five minutes, dropping a bead down the cord. See more from our post, The Hours: Measuring Time with Wooden Beads . Photograph by  Nomar Parker . Above: The Spark shop sells current pieces and past favorites from its companion design gallery. Shelves are packed with items from the Designers & Farmers project, Vík Prjónsdóttir,  Goddur posters , handmade sticks by  Brynjar Sigurðarson , and perfume by Andrea Maack.  Sigríður will ship pieces on request.  Photograph by  Nomar Parker . Above: Art books and exhibition catalogs. Photograph by  Nomar Parker . Above: Scintilla Pillowcases  of cotton and silk velvet appliqué sit next to a stack of ceramics by Hanna Dis Whitehead . Above: The gallery's Hanna Dis Whitehead show. Her ceramic mugs, vases, and pots are made of stoneware slip clay and characterized by their prominent handles. Photograph by  Nomar Parker . Above: Spark is currently collaborating with Textílprentun Íslands on a textile pattern by artist  Siggi Eggertsson . On the search for the best design galleries around the world? Have a look at the Museums in our City Guide section for more. Location of Spark Design Space in Reykjavik:






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