By MK on March 15, 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.
By MK on March 15, 2013
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.
By MK on February 24, 2013
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.
By MK on August 15, 2012
STAKA featured in NICE Magazine – and such a nice magazine it is! Please open the link below to see their beautiful layout.
By MK on July 18, 2012
“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
By MK on June 6, 2012
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
By MK on March 23, 2012
I’ve been working on a new collection of accessories, designed in collaboration with Bylgja Rún Svansdóttir. Now, during DesignMarch 2012, we proudly introduce STAKA, our brand of continuously evolving line of accessories.
STAKA 2012 is a collection of unisex leather neck wear, cut and moulded into unique pieces. The first collection is inspired by The Icelandic Sagas, using Viking Age materials and craftsmanship in an attempt to create accessories for the Icelandic Tribe, where each piece tells a story and reveals the social status of it’s bearer.
Added 29.03.2012 - STAKA featured on Cool Hunting
Added 23.04.2012 – New! STAKA featured on Fast Co Design
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By MK on March 14, 2012
By MK on March 11, 2012
Rætur – íslensk samtíma skartgripahönnun 10. mars – 15. apríl 2012
Sýningin Rætur er sýning á íslenskri samtímaskartgripahönnun, hún veitir innsýn í heim íslenskrar skartgripahönnunar og þær ólíku rætur sem gullsmiðir og skartgripahönnuðir leita í varðandi hugmyndir, efnisval og aðferðir. Flestir gripanna eru sérstaklega unnir fyrir sýninguna og endurspegla mikla grósku á þessu sviði hér á landi. Höfundarnir nota fjölbreytt efni allt frá dýrum málmum og gimsteinum til timburs og mosa. Þema sýningarinnar endurspeglar þessa fjölbreytni og vísar jafnt til náttúrunnar sem og menningarlegra eða persónulegra róta höfunda. Skartgripunum hefur síðan verið búin áhugaverð umgjörð í Hafnarborg.
Sýningin er unnin í samstarfi við Félag Íslenskra Gullsmiða og er hluti af HönnunarMars 2012.