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Design Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 28, 2015 01:01 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Jan 27, 2015

Images from Dwell The Harpa Concert Hall stands as the center of Reykjavik's design district. Icelandic capital Reykjavik hardly sits on the beaten path. But its new design district - an organic wellspring of re-purposed fishing sheds and warehouses in Reykjavik's old harbor - does much to showcase Icelandic design sensibilities and place it on the map as a design destination.  Modern glass interior of the concert hall. The area is anchored geographically by the modern glass Harpa Concert Hall (pictured above), but it's in the small surrounding business that the real creative design work is evident.  Bright colors and natural materials combine in this design district restaurant. Icelandic design tends toward stark utilitarianism with a craft aesthetic. Hanging pendant lights , such as the ones above, are given a localized flavor with the use of colored fish nets.  Contemporary craft seems to influence much of Icelandic modern decor. Bright pops of color are found everywhere in the design district. Shop? Atelier? Record label? This venue houses all three - part of the communal nature of the design district. Duck into any shop or cafe and you're likely to find something to smile about. Sure, the gleaming concert hall may attract all the media attention, but it's the charming back roads that truly give Reykjavik's design district its soul.  






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