Best of Iceland’s 10th Anniversary DesignMarch

Now a mainstay at the global design festival circuit, Iceland’s DesignMarch makes for a gathering point of Nordic nations and a celebration of Icelandic vision. The three-day festival includes international DesignTalks at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall, live music, open studios and exhibitions. From shockingly beautiful tartan patterns to decorative objects and future-forward products for the home and body, Core77 documented dozens of highlights. Head …

JS Watch Co. Reykjavik

Classic timepieces designed and assembled by hand in Iceland

A quiet, colorful city at first glance, Reykjavik bubbles with creativity—just like the geothermal activity under its feet. As the cultural hub of Iceland, the city houses every type of designer, from fashion to furniture and, in this case, watches. JS Watch Co. stands as Iceland’s only watchmaker, designing and assembling handsome timepieces in their unbelievably small workshop-meets-storefront on Laugavegur Street, Reykjavik’s main drag. Founded …

Omnom Chocolate

Carefully selected ingredients and intelligent design from Iceland's very own bean-to-bar operation

Many dream of opening a restaurant, or starting their own culinary-centric company, but few have the experience or knowledge to do so. This was not the case for Kjartan Gíslason, a chef-turned-chocolatier and co-owner of Omnom Chocolate; Iceland’s newest bean-to-bar operation. Since September 2013, Gíslason and his three close friends (Óskar Þórðarson, Karl Viggó Vigfússon, André Úlfur Visage) have been running their startup out of …