STAKA – soon available in black leather

It’s production time! The STAKA 2014 collection is now coming in black and it looks good even though I do say so myself. Here is a little preview of the process…

New webpage!

My new web page for STAKA is up and running! On you can see more images from the 2014 collection and sign up to get information about STAKA’s coming endeavours.

Introducing STAKA’s 2nd collection

STAKA’s 2nd collection of unisex leather accessories will premiere during DesignMarch 2014.

“Inspired by the Icelandic sagas and Iceland’s harsh and magnificent landscape María Kristín creates distinctive pieces for her fictional Icelandic tribe of nomads, living in the rural areas of Iceland. María Kristín imagines what the tribe looks like, what they wear and how, and the outcome is STAKA, raw, yet refined neck and arm pieces that are laser cut from vegetable tanned leather and hand molded by the designer herself.”

The exhibition will be held at 38 Þrep, Laugavegur 49, 101 Reykjavik. The official opening is on Tuesday 25 March at 5pm and the exhibition will be open daily during official DesignMarch hours until Sunday 30 March.

Please contact me at for a personal tour of the exhibition.

STAKA 2014 by Maria Kristin Jonsdottir

Now you can follow STAKA on tumblr.


The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards 2013

I’m happy and honored to announce that  STAKA was one of two Runners-up for Product Line of the Year at The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards 2013. Deja vu? Well, I was also a Runner up last year – for my collection, Thread.

Here’s what the panel of judges had to say about STAKA:

“Is it an accessory? Is it jewelery? STAKA may lack definition but certainly doesn’t lack in originality. The collection of modern jewellery combines beautiful craftsmanship and local materials with modern technology, and is beautifully presented.”

Here you can read all about the Awards.


Interview in Textiel Plus

Textiel Plus is a beautiful Dutch Magazine and they were interested in knowing more about my collection, Thread. Unfortunately my scanner is broken so photos of my copy of the magazine will have to do for now – I promise I’ll update this post as soon as I’ve fixed the problem.

Icelandic silver work

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Museum of Iceland a new exhibition with various Icelandic silver items was opened recently in the museum‘s Arc Hall and I had the privilege to assist the exhibition designer, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, in her work.

It was an extraordinary experience to handle these rare silver objects which are among the most treasured items owned by the National Museum. Most of the objects were made by order by Icelandic artisans and usually the material used had to be provided by the buyer. People would therefore bring older objects to be recycled or “up cycled” as one could put it.

While holding one of the oldest objects of the exhibition, a silver patina from 16th. Century with a very original drawing engraved, it dawned up on me that this same patina had been in the hands of hundreds, if not thousands of my ancestors, the same people I look to and get inspired by in my designs and I felt completely overwhelmed and my eyes filled with tears.

The exhibition, which focuses on the methods used to create these beautiful items, will stay opened until December 31st. 2013 and I greatly recommend a visit.

In the picture below you can see my daughter Salvör on one of her visits and in the background Steinunn working on the installation.

Feature in Nice Magazine

STAKA featured in NICE Magazine – and such a nice magazine it is! Please open the link below to see their beautiful layout.

STAKA mentioned as one of the most exciting labels!

“One of the most exciting labels launched from this year’s festival, STAKA is a brand new collection of unisex accessories. Made from leather by designer duo Bylgja Rún Svansdóttir and María Kristín Jónsdóttir, the pieces are a crossover between product design and fashion.” Iceland Review


STAKA at the Museum of Design and Applied Art

Something to Write Home About

The story of a fleeting moment, a depiction of a moment in Icelandic
product design over the past decade; the infancy of this discipline in
times of transformation.

We probe into the ideology of select designers from this time period,
their collaborations across disciplines and cultural dialogues. In an
environment without a traditional industry or even market, experiments
and probes in new directions take on various forms. We are moved by the
aesthetic and the poetic surface but underneath simmers a dream of a
better world and a belief in design as a force for real change.

Something to Write Home About comprises a journey that is nowhere near
its end. The story can be to us encouraging; for many, a cause for
reflection; and to most, something worth writing home about.

Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir exhibition curator