MARÍA KRISTÍN JÓNSDÓTTIR Growing up in a family of goldsmiths and artists, María Kristín went on to study for a BA in Product Design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as taking courses in Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Iceland. María Kristín has a keen passion for natural preservation and draws inspiration from nature, its forces, shapes and structures. This versatile artist's designs show a strong conceptual, emotional and structural connection with the natural world. María Kristín has studied and worked in Milan, New York and Reykjavik, where she currently lives with her family.
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 [...]
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 [...]
By MK on March 10, 2012
I’m happy to announce that Thread was one of two Runners-up for Grapevine’s Product Line of the Year 2012! Here’s what the panel of judges had to say about Thread – it’s called Þráður in Icelandic. “María Kristín Jónsdóttir, Þráður Original, fresh, and bold, Þráður is a great fresh take on accessorizing and jewellery. Perhaps its [...]
By MK on December 7, 2011
Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir, designer and project manager, who chose Thread as her favorite Icelandic design in Iceland Design Centre’s Christmas Calendar, would love to give one to one of my all time favorite artist, Björk! [...]
By MK on December 5, 2011
The top photo shows Mikko Kalhama, CEO of Design Forum, speak at the opening party together with the lovely actress and host of the party, Sanna Stellan – who’s wearing a Thread piece!
By MK on December 3, 2011
Thread has now traveled to Finland! They are now available at the Icelandic Contemporary Pop-Up Shop in Design Forum Shop, Helsinki. There you may also find beautiful design by Hrafnkell Birgisson, Vík Prjónsdóttir, Megan Herbert and other Icelandic designers.
By MK on August 16, 2011
For the whole article go to Iceland Design Centre BLOG
By MK on June 20, 2011
For the last three months I have been researching and designing jewelery based on the embroidered patterns traditionally used on Faldbúningur, the original Icelandic costume for women. This was done in preparation for an exhibition in SPARK | DESIGN SPACE, where I was joined by goldsmith Dóra Guðbjört Jónsdóttir, one of Iceland’s few specialist in handmade [...]