Skogen Design has been to Iceland to discover Icelandic design and the beautifulness of the country. Islanders constitute a fantastic community of hope – a community of seeing possibilities where there seems to be none – only lava rocks, wind and rain around the next corner.
Three things seem to follow the tourists in Iceland: Nature, design and: the puffin. The little bird, for good reasons called sea parrot in German, should turn out to be at the centre of our trip to Iceland. First of all, you see tourist items of the bird all over the place.
We decided to travel around Iceland with a typical Nordic chair. Our small and cosy family hotel, the Hotel Lotus was really kind lending us their red chair for a day and giving us the best weather forecasts! We went to the black beaches of Vik and to Skogafoss. The travel with the “pinnestol” gave us some interesting experiences and ensured some fascinating encounters. Amongst other with this puffin-loving Asian lady.
Another thing that struck us in Iceland is the high-quality food. Due to the weather, we had to stay a whole day in the Blue Lagoon and the food at the restaurant “Lava” was great. We also had delicious food at restaurant “Dill”.
The Icelandic optimism and hope seems to manifest itself in a stunning variety of design stores literally on every corner! During the Design March, a yearly designer’s festival in Reykjavik, we passed by in one of the Icelandic design stores with longest traditions: Epal. Epal has defined Icelandic design since the start for over 40 years ago. The visit to Epal turned out to be more special than expected since we met the founder himself: Eyjólfur Pálsson! In his store we also met Sigurjón Pálsson who is one of the most famous current Icelandic designers in wood. He designs wooden figurines for the Danish brand Norman.
However, for the Design March Sigurjón had designed a new prototype of a wooden bird; You would guess which one, namely a beautiful puffin…
We left Iceland with fantastic nature and design experiences, but without ever seeing live Iceland’s supposedly most famous bird, the puffin.
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