So I know this is not a travel blog but after spending a week in Iceland I had to share some things about this wild and wonderful country and its amazing design shops. Firstly don't expect to be able to afford anything in the shops as I found out! Of course it wasn't all shopping, I saw the Northern Lights, went whale watching, visited the Blue Lagoon, went on the Golden Circle Tour and took a day tip to the Glacial Lagoon! Busy week!
The Icelanders know style when they see it and the shops are full of Icelandic/ Nordic/ Danish and Scandinavian inspired homewares. Walking down the main street in Reykjavik you wont find any recognisable shop names bar one Dunkin Donuts and a Subway. (McDonalds pulled out of Iceland during the recession).Populated along this main street are many design shops, here I'm going to run through a few of the brands they sell, luckily we have stores in Northern Ireland which stock most of the brands but it was great to see a few new (to me) brands and to see what other stores are stocking.
Take your pick from HRIM (there's 2 of these), Epal, Fako, Aff Concept Store, Bord Fyrir Two and The Concept Store all on, or just off the main street. Here are a few brands that caught my eye:
I love the modern, clean lines that Ferm Living produce. From sophisticated candle sticks and plant holders to soft pastel metal lamp shades and wire baskets you cant go wrong creating a contemporary interior with this brand.
Photos courtesy of Ferm Living
I had seen these online and really liked the hexagonal design so it was great to see them in person. They are made of silicone which I just wasn't expecting! They come in several design which all compliment each other and are also available as a set of coasters.
Photos courtesy of Ruby Roost
I love this eclectic brand they sell everything from cactus jars to jams to lighting to cushions! Top of the list has to be the monkey lamps- I think one would make a great addition to SHED HQ. Sadly there no stockists over here and only one in Ireland- The Old Mill Stores but you can order online and choose delivery to the UK for shipping costs!
Photos courtesy of &K Amsterdam
This brand is a fast growing Icelandic design company that designs home accessories with functional and sculptural aesthetics. I really love the use of dots and lines to create patterns, so simple but effective. The designer, Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir, runs her own studio in Reykjavik and has also created bird hangers, snail hooks and antler hooks as well as her textiles. Again not available in stores here but can be ordered online, click on the linkabove to look for online retailers.
Photos courtesy of IHanna Home
The House Doctor style is provocative, personal, and informal, well designed and functional with clear Nordic and Scandinavian influences. Based in Denmark they have a growing network of distributors in most of Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and other countries including Northern Ireland. My favourite pick is this beautifully elegant desk lamp.
Photos courtesy of Ruby Roost
I just found this brand online before my holiday so it was great to see some of the ranges and it is available locally in the A Broader Picture in Portstewart. The brand is inspired by a fascination of Nordic style and living which shows in its simple and subtle collections.
Photos courtesy of A Broader Picture
Hay are designers and manufacturers of contemporary furniture, accessories and rugs based in Denmark. Well designed and simple Hay products are a great addition to any home. The trays are available in a variety of colours and shapes and are designed to fit within each other to create an individual aesthetic.
Photos courtesy of Maven
This is my personal favourite however it may not be to everyone's taste. IBride is a French design company who produce eclectic homewares and furniture- the ostrich legs is a console table and would look amazing in a entrance space. The trays are beautiful and all the ones I have come across have been mounted on walls to show them off as pieces of art. There was even one in a pub we went to in Reykjavik! Definitely a statement brand. Sadly there are no stockists here but there are plenty in England who ship to NI- Tin Design and Wyld Home are a couple and there are 2 stockists in Ireland- Aquired in Portlaoise and Gorgeous Gifts in Kilkenny.
Photos courtesy of IBride
As you can see I'm a big fan of all Iceland has to offer! Hope you enjoyed my Icelandic/Danish/ Nordic/ French/ British/ Irish roundup and reading about these brands!