DesignMarch 2011

Natural materials in modern forms standout at Iceland's premier design fair

Iceland’s annual DesignMarch exhibition always impresses with its internationally renowned veterans as well as the next generation of influential designers. Now in its third year, the 2011 showcase introduced a range of furniture and product innovations. Below are a few of our favorites that stand out for their use of locally-sourced, natural materials. Stáss Ornaments‘ colorful tables (above left) lend a cheerful ambiance to any …

Microchips

Paper-thin potato chips flavored with sea salt

With tricky terrain, Iceland has a difficult time growing bountiful produce. As we saw at the recent DesignMarch festival, the country’s creative community aims to change this with a wealth of new food products made from hearty crops like rhubarb or potatoes. A great example of Icelandic ingenuity, budding design studio Björg í Bú recently launched Microchips—a paper thin potato chip that is simply baked, …