07/08/2014

SEALPELT MITTENS

We have always been very conscious about utilizing all material and minimise any waste. When we make the Sealpelt, some cuttings are unavoidable but we have kept them handy. After almost 10 years of producing the Sealpelt we introduce the Seal Flipper Mittens. They come in one-size fits all and are available in four colour combinations like the Sealpelt. And are now avilable on our online store and at most of our retailers.


 

30/06/2014

ENLIGHTEN ME - ONE DESIGN WEEK IN PLOVDIV

                        

Vík got an interesting invitation to take part in a collaborative design project called Enlighten Me during the One Design week in Plovdiv Bulgaria, bringing in studios from Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden; Company from Helsinki, Marte Froystad and Runa Klock from Oslo, John Astbury and Katja Pettersson from Stockholm, Vík Prjónsdóttir and Brynjar Sigurðarson from Reykjavík. 

Brynhildur travelled to Plovdiv in Bulgaria on behalf of Vík and stayed there for two weeks working together with this great group of designers, getting inspired by the wonderful smells of Linden trees that filled the air, the local graft and all things Bulgarian. We are very grateful for this change to experience new places, working together with wonderful fellow designers and meeting the great people behind One Design Week in Bulgaria.

Enlighten me is not about light. This project is about educating and enlightening ourselves. It encapsulates our discussions, interviews and research of a Bulgarian thesaurus through senses not objects. Recontextualizing the common as new amongst layers of transition. Representing histories, the present and possible futures. Enlighten Me is a meeting place, a miscellany and our document.

 

18/06/2014

DID YOU KNOW THAT IT‘S THE ICELANDIC SEA EAGLE'S BREEDING SEASON?

We brought you the Shield of Wings in 2010, a blanket inspired by this graceful bird.

 

From the 19th of June, for a limited time only, you will be invited to purchase The Shield of Wings with a generous discount. The Eagle has spread its wings, are you ready?

 

12/05/2014

IN PRODUCTION - EXHIBITION AT BOX LYNFABRIKKEN

 

We are very happy and excited to be in Aarhus at the LYNfabrikken putting up the exhibition for the BOX gallery called IN PRODUCTION - a collaboration project with Theresa Himmer and Maibritt Borgen. 

IN PRODUCTION is a material collage printed on carpet. 

The installation takes 19th century principles of spatial decoration as a jumping-off point to explore relations between technologies of production and production of subjects. Today, through the lens of late modernity, the aesthetic choices of the 19th century appear archaic; like leftover scraps from a time where social relations were ingrained in dust-ridden, musty, and excessively decorated interiors. IN PRODUCTION juxtaposes this domestic ideology with another product of the 19th century, psychoanalysis, and its quest to peel away the layers of repression that hide the human unconscious. 

Maibritt Borgen, based in Brooklyn, New York, is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at Yale University. Theresa Himmer, based in Reykjavik and New York, is a visual artist and architect. The collaboration explores the intersection between spatial relations, design and aesthetic theory. The project began in the summer of 2012 and explores traditional techniques of production, taking Aarhus Possementfabrik, which used to be located where LYNfabrikken is today, as a starting point. 

The exhibition opens on the 15.05.2014 and is going to be on display and open all hours until the 24.08.2014

 

 

The exhibition is realized in collaboration with EGE Tæpper and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Aarhus Municipality.

 

 

28/03/2014

THIS SUNDAY: CONVERSATION WITH DESIGNERS

This Sunday in Hafnarborg Vík Prjónsdóttir is participating in a design talk which is a part of the exhibition Shop Show. Brynhildur Pálsdóttir one of Vík's designers will talk about our design, the manufacturing of Icelandic wool and our colaboration with Glófi Knitting Factory.

 

25/03/2014

DESIGNMARCH OPENING 27TH OF MARCH

This years DesignMarch we will be presenting our collaboration with Swedish designer Petra Lilja. The colab is part of The Medusa Design Project which is a project inspired by the myth of Medusa. With Petra we went on an expedition to discover new worlds of knitting and will the results be shown in a group exhibition in Hannesarholt in Reykjavík from 27th-30th of March. Other exhibitors are: Hanna Dís Whitehead, Rúna Thors and The Summit podcast. Welcome to the opening on Thursday at 20:00 - Happy DesignMarch!

 

20/03/2014

SHOP SHOW: OPENING THE 22ND OF MARCH

The main issue addressed by this joint Nordic exhibition, Shop Show, is consumer choices and their connections with manufacturing. Where dose a product come from? What is the right price of a product? What is mass production really about? Shop Show focuses on these important matters that really need attention today. We are very happy to be part of this traveling exhibition that is now opening in Reykjavík during Design March in Hafnarborg.

  • Shop Show in Reykjavík
 

12/03/2014

DESIGNMARCH 2014 COMMING UP

                      

We will be participating in a project called Medusa created by the Swedish designer Petra Lilja. DesignMarch starts the 27th of March until the 30th March in Reykjavík. We will tell you all about this very soon....

 

16/12/2013

CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION IN POLAND

We are taking part in a Christmas exhibition in the Polish Design Center (Zamek Cieszyn) called Wool covered / Wełną otulone. The exhibition opened 15th of December and will run until the end of January, showing pieces by Patricia Urquiola and several polish designers.

 

03/12/2013

NEW COLOURS - NEW PHOTOS

We had such fun last week in a photoshoot with the photographer Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir and model Hrafnhildur Guðrúnardóttir. The occasion was the new colours of the Healing Hands and the Wing. You can take a look at them all in our online store and it´s still time to order before the holidays! Hope you enjoy as much as we do...

 

21/11/2013

DUE DATES FOR SHIPPING

Dear customers in our online store, as we are based on an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean we want to make sure all our customers get their parcels safe before the Holidays. So here are the due dates for shipping, outside Europe last day to order is 4th of December but if you are within Europe you have a bit more time or until the 11th of December. If you run late it´s always possible to send with express mail but then we have to charge for shipping, just send us mail if you have any questions store@vikprjonsdottir.com

 

25/10/2013

NEW YORK MAGAZINE, GLOBAL DESIGN ISSUE

"Meet the new generation of furniture and product makers reviving the design collective." We are extra flattered to be featured in New York Magazine, Global Design issue! New York Magazine releases annually a design issue: "For the past two years, our Fall Design issues have had a global focus—mostly eschewing projects in New York in favor of those overseas and across state lines. In this year's, we set out to survey what the world might look like in the next few years by checking in with a new generation of young designers".

  • New York Magazine, Global Design Issue
  • Two warm readers
 

25/10/2013

THE WARMEST BOOK COVER

Our friend Lani Yamamoto has written a beautiful story about a girl called Stína who is always feeling cold. Stína asked Vík to design extra warm book cover for readers to stay warm. The book will be launched next Saturday (26.okt) by Crymogea and a book party will take place in SPARK Design Space, Klapparstíg 33, 101 Reykjavík. You are all welcome! // Næsta laugardag, vetrardaginn fyrsta, verður gefin út bókin Stína Stórasæng eftir Lani Yamamoto. Stínu er alltaf kalt og bað þess vegna Vík um að sérhanna ullarkápu utan um bókina til þess að halda hita á lesendum. Það verður bókapartý í SPARK á laugardaginn kl.16.00 og allir eru hjartanlega velkomnir!

  • The warmest book cover
  • the extra warm wool cover
 

18/10/2013

SHOP SHOW

Vík is part of the exhibition Shop Show that centers on the relationship between consumption and production of objects. It shows the choices we as consumers have and the concequences that our actions have. The exhibtion runs from 18.10. 2013 - 26.01. 2014 in the Form Design Center in Malmö.

 

19/09/2013

AMONG INSPIRATION TALENTS IN MILK MAGAZINE

The French magazine, Milk was celebrating it´s ten years anniversary in september. In that issue they featured three knitting companies as inspiration talents in knitting, we were very proud to be among those talents.

 

16/03/2013

ELEY KISHIMOTO

We are extreamly proud to present our collaboration with Eley Kishimoto. Since last summer we have been working together with Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto on the new seal. And now finally we are presenting the new Seal Pelt along with new products at our exhibition in the Culture House in Reykjavík. You can find more about it on our facebook page.

  • Mark Eley & Wakako Kishimoto
 

16/03/2013

OUR EVENTS DURING DESIGNMARCH

It´s DesignMarch in Reykjavík!  We are exhibiting at the Culture House, launching our collaboration with Eley Kishimoto along with new products. Vík hosted a symposium yesterday under the name; The Wool, The Industry and The Future. You can find more about our events on our Facebook event. Our exhibition is open until Sunday in the Culture House, Hverfisgata 15, 101 Reykjavík.

  • The symposium under the name; The Wool, The Industry and The Future.
 

05/03/2013

DESIGNMARCH IN REYKJAVíK 13.03.-17.03.

DesignMarch in Reykjavík is starting Next week and we are prepearing our event!

This year’s DesignMarch festival identity by Jónas Valtysson and Ármann Agnarsson features a real wooden grid that forms the letters “HönnunarMars” (Icelandic for DesignMarch).

– In our view, DesignMarch is like an empty canvas set up for the local de
signers to draw on. We took that quite literally, Valtysson and Agnarsson say. The structure was then torn apart and four letters were handed over to four different designers and design teams to work on.

So they asked us to work on the N letter and here is the result....

 

14/01/2013

FORM MAGAZINE - DECEMBER ISSUE

FORM magazine asked five creatives from different disciplines to interpret their environment for their December issue. We got a full page to express our environment, the image and the text is our contribution:

"Nature as the source of the material, the ingredients for the inspiration and the process, the research and the continuous conversation. Synchronizing the time, the mind collaborating with the hand, the sustenance creating the energy to build the story, editing the chaos to find the core to take the action before the production. This is the essence of our enviroment."

We shot this in September with a great help by our friend and photographer Gulli Mar. Thanks again Gulli !

 

04/12/2012

DUE DATES FOR CHRISTMAS SHIPMENTS

Dear customers at our online store, please note that here are the last guarantied due dates for parcels to be mailed from our online store before Christmas:

10. December - A priority outside of Europe
14. December - A priority within Europe & parcels in air mail to Scandinavia

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04/09/2012

ISLANDS OF THE NORTH

We will be celebrating the islands of the north for the next few days. We are taking part in a festival called New Destinations / Nýjar slóðir, organized by the Nordic House in Iceland. The cultural festival will address the relationship, history and cultural connections between Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and Iceland and will offer all kinds of events, showcasing artists from all three nations. We are really happy to have our friends from Bibi Chemnitz and Rammatik also taking part in the festival, they were exhibiting with us at The Nordic Fashion Biennale in Seattle last autumn. During the weekend 8-9th of September we will have a little snowroom deticated to our Snowblanket in one of the containers as a part of the festival. So if you are in Reykjavík come by and take part.

 

28/08/2012

WHAT´S UP

We haven´t been able to post much news the last few months but never the less Vík has been out and about, so we think it´s time to give a short update! Thury has been in Iceland the past two months and we used the time to finally work on new design and we are very happy to be able to release some new design this fall. // In the beginning of August we went for a week to Aarhus (Denmark) to visit a very beautiful factory and start a new project with Theresa Himmer and Maibritt Borgen, it´s a really interesting project that we have to tell you more about soon. // Coming up are two events in Helsinki in relation to the Helsinki Design Capital project. One display in Helsinki biggest department store Stockman and then we are participating in a group exhibition in October. // We have a new coo called Ólafur Páll Torfason that has been with us for a few months now so finally we have a business person in our team! // During August we are "Designers of the Month" at Hotel Natura in Reykjavík with events every friday during happy hour // This is it for now but we will have more news coming up that we are very excited about...

  • Óli our coo having fun during our event at Hotel Natura
 

23/07/2012

TWO SUMMER SHOWS IN ICELAND

If you are around in Iceland there are two summer exhibitions that Vík Prjónsdóttir is taking part in. One in The Museum of Design and Applied Art called "Something to Write Home About" or in Icelandic "Saga til næsta bæjar", from 7th of June until the 14th of October. The exhibition features Icelandic product design over the past decade; "the infancy of this discipline in times of transformation".  The other exhibition is in "Listasafn Árnesinga" (art museum) in Hveragerði, town one hour from Reykjavík. The exhibition is called "Nautn og Notagildi", unfortunately they haven´t translated the title but the show is about the touching point between art and design. You can visit the exhibition until the 16th of September or just get a glimpse here.

 

18/04/2012

ULTRABODY IN MILAN

Vík Prjónsdóttir has arrived in Milan taking part in the exhibition Ultrabody at Milan’s Sforza Castle. It´s a thematic exhibition devoted to the influence exerted by the human body on contemporary creativity, ranging from art to design, but also taking in architecture, furniture, the applied arts, fashion and jewellery. The exhibition shows a rich selection of works by leading names on the international design and visual arts scene that, starting from the “body”, manage to involve such other disciplines as contemporary anthropology, sociology, costume, society, technology and aesthetics. Curated by Beppe Finessi, promoted by the City of Milan Department of Culture.

  • From 19th of April until the 17th of June
 

14/03/2012

DESIGNTALKS / DREGUR TIL TíðINDA

DesignMarch in Reykjavík is beginning next week. Last year we had a three day performance when we opened up a scarf factory so this year we will take it a bit easier. Vík Prjónsdóttir in collaboration with the designer Garðar Eyjólfsson was asked by the Icelandic Design Center to curate a summit that opens the annual design festival. DesignTalks is a one-day-long series of lectures on topical issues within the creative industries. This year, the theme for the Talks is cross-disciplinary collaboration. If you are around we recommend that you buy a ticket and enjoy the program.

 

17/03/2012

SKEGGHúFUR á MOTTUMARS

Vík Prjónsdóttir hefur ákveðið að leggja Mottumars lið með því að gefa 10% af söluvirði Skegghúfa í online búðinni á meðan Mottumars stendur yfir til styrktar þessu mikilvæga átaki. Að auki munum við gefa sigurvegurum mottukeppninnar, bæði í einstaklings- og liðakeppni, Skegghúfur. Áfram Mottumars!

  • The Beardcap is fundraising for The Icelandic Cancer Society
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14/03/2012

EXCLUSIVE RED HEALING HANDS NOW AVAILABLE

Exclusive Red Healing Hands are now available in our online store! They were made in a limited edition for The Reddress  event at London Design Festival 2011. Our friends in COMPANY asked us to design a special edition for the Redshop that was open exclusively during the event. If you are around in Reykjavík The Red Healing Hands are also available in SPARK, Klapparstíg 33.

 

17/12/2011

WINDOW EXHIBITION AT EXHIBIT

Our retailer in London Exhibit has put up this beautiful window exhibition with our Healing Hands. If you are around you should drop by at this nice place. EXHIBIT is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) with a passion for social innovation. Under this umbrella they operate four creative units; EXHIBIT Gallery, EXHIBIT Studio, EXHIBIT Collection and the Super Estates Foundation. You find them at 20 Goswell Road EC1M 7AA London.

 

19/12/2011

PRêMIOS DO DESIGN NóRDICO

Vík Prjónsdóttir is part of The Nordic Design Awards exhibition / "Prêmios do Design Nórdico" at Museu da Casa Brasileira in Sao Paolo Brazil. Unfortunately all the press material is only in portugese so we can´t tell you so much more about it, we are just very honored to be chosen in this context. If you are around in Sao Paolo, the exhibition will be open until the 15th of January 2012.

  • Bom Dia Sao Paolo!
 

07/12/2011

THE BABY SEAL IS FUNDRAISING FOR A FRIEND

We have a little friend living in London called Sigrún Lára Kjartansdóttir that is battling with a very rare cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. She was only 5 months when she was diagnosed and has been in this battle now for 8 months. She is a real role model and has shown amazing character in this battle as Finna witnessed this summer when she stayed with the family. During this period Sigrún Lára has had many small victories on the way. However, this is a really aggressive cancer and at the moment she is in high dose chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Her parents, Phoebe and Kjartan, are dear friends. Phoebe is a graphic designer and designed Vík Prjónsdóttir website - that we are so  proud of. To show Vík Prjónsdóttir support to the family, the profit of our Baby Seal (from this summer until 1st of March 2012) goes to Sigrún Lára and her family.

On the photo above Sigrún Lára is at home celebrating her one year old birthday on the 9th of October 2011.

 

29/11/2011

OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE HAS OPENED

Vík Prjónsdóttir just launched an official online store !  We are very pleased to welcome you to visit our store.  We’re starting with selected products, but soon we will have all our products available in the store.  Our customer service is open from Monday to Friday and we service customers from all over the world. If you have any questions please don´t hesitate to contact us at store@vikprjonsdottir.com – we will be happy to assist you.

  • Our Red Healing Hands
 

20/10/2011

EXCLUSIVE RED HEALING HANDS

The Red Healing Hands are now available exclusively in Company Secret shop in Helsinki, Salakauppa. Above you see the red menu from the Redshop in London. All these beautiful things are now available in The Secret Shop. If you can´t visit the shop in Helsinki you can visit it online and order from there. They have so many nice things in shop so we recommend a visit.

  • The Redshop
  • At the Red dresscode concert - covered in redness
 

17/10/2011

THE REDNESS

We had a wonderful time in London at The Reddress. It was such a privilege to finally experience a concert in the Reddress, and yes it was magical! We were so honored to be guest designers in the Redshop with a special edition, in red, of our Healing Hands. On this occasion Company and The Finnish Institute in London also published a beautiful book with the story behind the project and interviews with some good people, including Vík Prjónsdóttir.

Above you see Emma Salokoski performing in the REDDRESS on the opening night. Photo by Kate Elliott.

  • This is the REDBOOK....
 

19/09/2011

4TH DATE FOR SEPTEMBER - BUDAPEST !

Vík Prjónsdóttir 4th date in September will be in Budapest. The Design Week Festival in Budapest is opening the 30th of September and Vík Prjónsdóttir has been invited to take part in a group exhibition. We are still waiting for more info about the location but you can find all about the festival in the link below.

 

02/09/2011

MUSEUM FüR ANGEWANDTE KUNST FRANKFURT

 

September will be busy for Vík Prjónsdóttir but unlike many of us, she can be in many places at the same time. Vík Prjónsdóttir has been invited to take part in an exhibition called; "Randscharf | On the cutting edge | Design in Iceland" at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. It´s an exhibition with various designers from Iceland in connection with Frankfurt Book Fair, where Iceland is the guest of honor. The exhibition opens the 22. of September and will be open until February the 19th. 2012.


Photo: Marino Thorlacius. © Vík Prjónsdóttir.


  • Red boots by Company that will be in the Redshop
 

30/08/2011

HELLO LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL !

Our dear friends Aamu Song and Johan Olin will be having the most amazing event during London Design Festival, presenting the REDDRESS and the REDSHOP, for the first time in London at York Hall in Bethnal Green. We were really honored when they asked us to be guest designers in the Redshop, proposing that we made special edition of our Healing Hands scarfs in red for the shop. So we are very pleased to announce that Vík Prjónsdóttir will be part of this beautiful event produced by the Finnish Institute in London. During the festival, from 22 to 25th of September, there will be a program of music, performance and discussions, that you can find here. We have of course admired the Reddress for long, so Finna and Brynhildur will accompany Vík Prjónsdóttir to London (on their way to Seattle) to experience this exclusive performance on their own. We highly recommend that you do the same if you are around.

Image above by Berhard Ludewig.

  • The Special Edition of our Healing Hands for the Redshop
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25/08/2011

GETTING CLOSER TO NFB

It's getting closer to the opening of the Nordic Fashion Biennale in Seattle the 30th of September. We just booked the flight tickets so we are very happy to be able to accompany Vík Prjónsdóttir to the biennale. In the link below you can watch a short interview with Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, the curator of the biennale...

  • Photo by Bjarni Grímsson
  • Photo by Bjarni Grímsson
 

04/06/2011

KLúBBURINN / THE CLUB

 

For us it´s always interesting to see our design in a new context and this is the first time Vík Prjónsdóttir is invited to the theatre! We are very honored to be part of The Club; a beautiful and sensual theatrical piece shown at The Reykjavík City Theatre as part of The Reykjavík Arts Festival. Special editions of The Beard Cap were made for the Club members. The Club is a collaboration between the creative fields; with a dancer, three actors, a musician and a visual artist. The members are; Björn Borko Kristjánsson, Björn Thors, Gunnlaugur Egilsson, Huginn Þór Arason, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson and Ólafur Egill Egilsson. The Club was premiered yesterday with a huge success and only few shows ahead; we highly recommend you to join the Club.

 

30/05/2011

THE NORDIC FASHION BIENNALE

Vík Prjónsdóttir has been invited to take part in the Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011!

 "The 2011 Nordic Fashion Biennale will be held this fall at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle from September 30 to November 13. Nordic Fashion Biennale is being produced by the Nordic House, Reykjavik and the Nordic Heritage Museum. The highlight of the Nordic Fashion Biennale is an exhibition, Looking Back to Find our Future, curated by New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir. Arnardottir is well known for her collaboration with Björk and for her commissioned work for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Looking Back to Find our Future will include fashion and jewelry from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. Cutting-edge contemporary fashion, design, and installations throughout the Museum will blur past and present, highlighting traditions of craft and creativity in Nordic design.

The Nordic Fashion Biennale will feature a three-day symposium with international speakers. The program will focus on themes of sustainability, cultural heritage and branding."

So we are looking forward and hopefully we can accompany our designs to Seattle in September! We will keep you updated. But until then all about the biennale in the link below.


  • Seattle in September Nordic Fashion Biennale
 

30/05/2011

THE BABY SEAL / KóPURINN

We are very happy to be finally able to present new photos of The Baby Seal! We got help from Finna´s nephew, Ari Líndal. He did a wonderful job and we are so grateful to him and his parents for the help. But then of course Marino Thorlacius, the photographer, did the magic with his camera!

11/04/2011

PRODUCTION PERFORMANCE

Our Scarf Factory was open for three intense days during DesignMarch in a little house on Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík. It was very crowded with a lot of visitors and the production was busy trying to keep up with the sales. We are very grateful for the great response we got and on that occasion we can mention that we received two "Glamorous Awards" – for “Most Integrity” as well for “Best atmosphere” – an award we shared with Krads, Attikatti, and LetterPress. We have posted some photos on our Facebook page if you are interested to see more...

  • Finna tailoring a scarf
  • Sigrún from the production in Víkurprjón came and was in charge of the production
  • Thury at the tailoring table
  • Opening up on Friday 25.03.
 

21/03/2011

DESIGNMARCH IN REYKJAVíK

It´s DesignMarch in Reykjavík for the third time and on that occation Vík Prjónsdóttir is opening a Scarf Factory! We will present our latest scarf designs; The Healing Hands and The Wing. The pieces will be produced and presented to the public on site during a three day exclusive production performance. Guests will be able to get up close and personal with the production process and purchase a unique piece hot off the line. Like most factories the production will be humming along constantly and steady with coffee breaks in-between, so in this little factory there will be a lot of action, heat and sweat, and the pulse going fast. 

The Scarf Factory will be open 25.03–27.03 from 12.00–18.00 at Laugavegur 6, 101 Reykjavík. So please come by!

  • We are presenting two new types of Scarfs. This is the Wing, inspired from our blanket Shield of Wings.
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14/03/2011

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

We are very proud to have received our third award for our last product line. This time it was The Reykjavík Grapvine that gave us this honour. They wanted to do something special for this year´s DesignMarch and the outcome was The Grapevine Product Awards. We were awarded for The Best Product Line of the Year and our friend Andrea Maack was awarded for The Product of the Year for her beautiful perfumes. We are very grateful and happy. On our award document is the following written:

"The Reykjavík Grapevine hereby awards Vík Prjónsdóttir for carrying The Product Line of the Year 2011. The product line was chosen by a interdisciplinary committee made up of shopkeepers and designers. The committee´s argument for their selection is as follows:

In 2005, Vík Prjónsdóttir released their first product line, which was made in cooperation with Víkurprjón from Vík í Mýrdal. The product line immediately received much attention, which has remained constant since.

A magnificent world is created behind each product, rich of history and beautiful metaphors. The product line is made in Iceland in its entirety, from the ideas´ inception until the final product. Vík Prjónsdóttir do not run away from their heritage, choosing rather to work with it in creative and fresh ways. Their products evolve and constantly surprise. Vík Prjónsdóttir prove yet again that one can design, produce and sell unique goods in Iceland."

You can read more about the awards and the DesignMarch in Grapevine´s DesignMarch special

 

 

07/02/2011

AWARDED FOR INNOVATION

On the 5th of February The Association of Craftsmen in Reykjavík (Iðnaðarmannafélag Reykjavíkur) had their annual award ceremony in the Reykjavík City Hall. The ceremony was really beautiful and festive and there they award the best graduation students and nominate "The honorary craftsman of the year". On the occasion of the year of innovation the association awarded Vík Prjónsdóttir and Víkurprjón, the knitting factory, for our collaboration. For us this is a great honor and we are truly grateful for this acknowledgment from the association. On our "trophy" is imprinted in Icelandic: "Takk fyrir að sýna okkur hverju frumleiki, áræði og framkvæmdagleði getur áorkað."

 

  • Brynhildur and Finna with Dóra Guðbjört Jónsdóttir that got the honorary awards for her lifetime work.
  • New Release Graphics Alive 2
 

02/02/2011

GRAPHICHS ALIVE

"Graphics keep our eyes and brains stimulated & they help us make sense of the world."

You can find three spreads of Vík Prjónsdóttir among other very nice work in this new release; Graphics Alive 2 by the Hong Kong based label Viction:ary...check it out: www.victionary.com/graphicsalive2

 

18/12/2010

DIZAJN NA ZIMę: LIGHT MY FIRE

Witam Polska! Vík Prjónsdóttir is taking part in the exhibition Light my fire at the Silesian Castle of Art and Enterprise in Cieszyn, Poland. The exhibition opened the 12th of December and the theme is design for the winter so all the items are designed to create warmth. The Snow blanket and The Hidden World are in Ciezyn representing Vík Prjónsdóttir. Wystawa w Śląskim Zamku Sztuki i Przedsiębiorczości potrwa do 23 stycznia 2011 roku.

  • The exhibition is up until the 23rd of January
 

11/12/2010

GUTEN TAG BERLIN !! MORR MUSIC + ACHTEINHALB

Vík Prjónsdóttir recently joined Morr Music´s lovely online shop; A number of small things. Today they are haveing a very nice event with Berlin concept store 8 1/2 (Kollwitzstraße 42). It is a special Icelandic Saturday afternoon, presenting the seal pelts by Vík Prjónsdóttir as well as weihnachtsplätzchen, nussecken und kakao! Thomas and Matze from Morr Music will bring some suitable music! We really hope you can make it!

For more info you can visit 8 1/2, morr music or their online shop anost: achteinhalbwochen.blogspot.com, morrmusic.com, anost.net

  • Are You In Berlin? Join Us Today!
 

05/11/2010

GOD DAG KöBENHAVN!

 

Vík Prjónsdóttir will be in Copenhagen the next weeks! Today, the 5th of November, Shft and This Issue will open an exhibition with our products at their store in Blågårdsgade 14. The exhibition will be up until christmas so if you are around during that time you can visit their store in Nörrebro or drop by tomorrow from 15.00-21.00 and enjoy the opening party accompanied by vsop cognac, refreshing Hendrick´s gin and Icelandic music.


For more info please check out their website: www.thisissue.dk

  • Udstilling på Blågårds- gade
  • Ferniser- ing 5. novem- ber!
  • This cover is dedicated to all the up-and-coming musicians in Iceland. Pictured are members of Pascal Pinon and Endless Dark.
 

08/10/2010

GRAPEVINE + AIRWAVES + VíK PRJóNSDóTTIR

It´s Iceland Airwaves time and on that occasion The Reykjavík Grapevine made three different covers for this issue, celebrating three generations of Icelandic musicians performing at the festival. This particular one is ment to applaud the current pillars of the local music scene, who are represented by members of Amiina, Seabear, Sin Fang, Hjaltalín and Retro Stefson.

The covers are done in collaboration with Vík Prjónsdóttir and we are very happy to be part of this Airwaves special edition issue. It was great team work and a lot of fun.

  • This one is meant to honour the Elder Statesmen of Icelandic music. They are represented by members of HAM and Apparat Organ Quartet.
  • The opening ceremony
 

20/09/2010

VÍK PRJÓNSDÓTTIR AT SPARK DESIGN SPACE

Our exhibition in Reykjavík at SPARK design space has opened and will be ongoing until the 30th of October. During that time we will have some events that we will annonce little bit later. SPARK is a platform for various design projects with a focus on projects that involve collaboration between designers and other professions. SPARK brings to the table projects and events that play with our senses of touch, sight, smell and taste. SPARK is open everyday from 10am - 6pm, except Sundays. Here you can see some images from the opening.

Also on this occation we want to thank all the wonderful people that helped us in the process, you really made a difference!

  • The opening at Spark
 

27/01/2010

PLEASE BEWARE OF THE BEARDHEAD

The fake brand Beardhead

Vík Prjónsdóttir is a brand build on honesty. It´s our passion to use local material and have the production locally to support the community. Sadly, it seems that honesty can be a difficult for some people and thats the case with the people behind the fake brand Beardhead. These people have copied Vík Prjónsdóttir's Beardcap, started a company and are selling it around the world. Scandinavian Grace, our former retailers in New York, even have a documentation that they ordered a Beardcap from the store in January 2008. We mostly feel sorry for all the ones that have bought the fake Beardcap with out realizing it. If you feel like supporting Vík Prjónsdóttir then you can to a lot by commenting on their Facebook wall, on the blogs they mention at their website etc. because you can be powerful enough to make a difference.

 

15/09/2010

LECTURE AT THE REYKJAVíK ART MUSEUM

Vík Prjónsdóttir has been invited to talk about herself at the Reykajvík Art Museum, tomorrow at 8pm, Thursday the 16th of September. So if you are around please come and join us tomorrow.

Here is more in Icelandic: www.listasafnreykjavikur.is

  • The Reykjavík Art Museum
  • An old women and a boy working with wool
 

29/01/2010

WOOL IS HOT

In 874 A.D. the Vikings brought sheep to Iceland. After 1100 years of isolation withstanding severe climates, Icelandic sheep have developed unique and special twofibre wool. One fibre is called tog and is long, hollow, glossy and water repellent. The other fibre is called þel and is soft, luxurious and insulating. This combination of fibres, having no counterpart anywhere in the world, results in a wool that is warm, light weight and water-repellent. Icelandic wool existis in a wide range of natural colors; black, brown, taupe, beige, charcoal and grey. The wool has kept Icelanders hot for many decates.

  • The two different fibers of the wool, Þel to the left and tog to the right.
 

12/08/2010

THE OFFICIAL PREMIERE IN REYKJAVíK

We are having a premiere of our latest product line in Reykjavík! The 9th of September we will open the exhibition "Hidden World" in SPARK design space. SPARK was opened last July with the exhibition Eau de Parfum by Andrea Maack. The exhibition by Vík Prjónsdóttir is the next one to take place in the design space and will be going on until the end of October. During that time we will have some special events that we will annonce little bit later...

Spark Design Space
Klapparstígur 33
101 Reykjavík
Iceland

  • Up- comming Ex- hibition
  • SPARK DESIGN SPACE
 

18/06/2010

NATURE IN DESIGN - NáTTúRAN í HöNNUN

Nature in Design is a group exhibition with around 30 exhibitiors, all icelandic designers. The exhibition will open the 19th of June, at the Ljósafoss powerstation, and will be open everyday until the 28th of August. Selected items from Vík Prjónsdóttir will be on display so if you are on the road in Iceland this is close by Þingvellir, the national park.

  • From 19th Of June Until The 28th Of August
 

18/06/2010

NORDIC KNIT ART: 17TH OF JUNE UNTIL 4TH OF JULY

Vík Prjónsdóttir is taking part in a Nordic Knit festival at the Nordic House in Reykjavík. A lot of events and happenings will take place so if you are interested you can read all about the program at their website: www.norraenahusid.is

Loops 2010 is an all-encompassing yarncraft festival taking place between the dates of June 17 and July 4. The festival features exhibitions, performance art, workshops, inspirational talks, markets and off-venue events. It celebrates the creativity found in knitting and crochet and ushers you into a world where everything is soft, colorful and intricately crafted.

Loops 2010 simultaneously reaches into the past and explores the present, capturing the essence of the Nordic knitting tradition and its current usage in art and design. The event will serve as a platform for guests to unravel the mysteries of different knitting techniques, to share collective knowledge and to be inspired by the work of artists and designers to see yarn-crafts in a new light.

 

19/04/2010

THE ERUPTION CONTINUES WITH MORE DRAMATIC CONSEQUENCES

As everyone knows the third eruption in Iceland has affected big part of the world. Nature is once again reminding us that she is the boss and we can´t fight her power. However, hopefully this can be a reminder for all of us that the earth is our home and we have to respect and be humble to the power of nature. The ash cloud has affected thousand of people the last days but we want to send our warmest thoughts to the people in the area of the volcano that have not been able to get out of their houses because of the ash cloud. The ash is now raining over Vík so at the moment the whole village has to stay inside. But special regards goes to all the farmers that have to worry about their animals, their land and their harvest.

On the image you see horses running from the ash cloud. Photo by Rakel Ósk Sigurðardóttir.

  • Freshly coloured yarn
 

27/01/2010

COLOURS

Þráinn at the wool barn

Víkurprjón orders all the wool from Ístex. Everytime Vík Prjónsdóttir needs to select colour for the design the designers go on a mission to Ístex. On the image you see Þráinn, he has worked at the factory for 30 years, here he is at the wool barn.

Wool processing has been a trade in Mosfellsbaer since 1896, previously with the the company Álafoss of Iceland. In 1991, the company Ístex was formed and took over the wool processing. Ístex is buying the wool directly from the farmers in Iceland and then process it to yarn.

  • Every machine in Ístex has a name, this is Dóra and Anna.
 

21/03/2010

ERUPTION IN THE LANDSCAPE BLANKET

A volcano between the two big glaciers in the south of Iceland has woken up after 200 years of sleep. The eruption is located in the middle of the Landscape blanket and is very close to Vík, the town where Vík Prjónsdóttir is produced. The volcano started erupting just before midnight yesterday and has ripped a 1km-long fissure in the earth. At the moment the eruption is rather small and no one is in danger. "This was a rather small and peaceful eruption, but we are concerned that it could trigger an eruption at the nearby Katla volcano, a vicious volcano that could cause both local and global damage," said Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Science.

The photo above is taken this night by RAX. The photo below shows an overview of the area and is from the RÚV tv news taken this morning.

The Landscape blanket:

Víkurprjón/Vikwool, the knitting factory, is located on the southern coast of Iceland, south of one of the country’s largest glaciers. Under the icemass sleeps one of the most active volcanos of the island, Katla, which wakes up once in a century. The last eruption in Katla was 1918 so now people are waiting...

  • The Baby Seal is featured in the book "Kids Play All Day" by Gestalten, 2009.
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12/03/2010

CHILDREN'S SIZES - DESIGN FOR KIDS

Vík Prjóndóttir is taking part in this exhibition called "Í barnastærðum" or "Children's Sizes", from 13th of March – the 2nd of May, in the museum Hafnarborg. We will be showing old models of our Baby Seal but new version of the Baby Seal will be presented later this year.

Here´s little text from the museum about the show: "An exhibition of selected design by Icelandic and international designers who have influenced design for children as well as influenced the children's world or environment.  The emphasis is on three dimentional design, toys and furniture, particularily objects that are user friendly for children and designed with their special needs and ideas in mind. A large part of the exhibition will be a designated workshop where children and other guests can create their own designs on the walls of the museum as well as an interactive room with toys such as wooden speedster or racer cars." To read more you can click here.

  • The Little Baby Seal...
  • We Have Been Awarded ! ! ! ! ! !
 

10/03/2010

VíK PRJóNSDóTTIR HAS BEEN AWARDED !

We are extremely honored to have been awarded the annual DV cultural prize (Menningarverðlaun DV) for design. The ceremony took place this afternoon. Only Brynhildur is in Iceland at the moment so she attended the event on behalf of the team, giving a tearful speech as she received the prize. You can find more here and here...sorry, only in Icelandic.

We congratulate all the other winners and especially our friends Þórunn Hafstað and Daníel Bjarnason.

  • The Winners!
 

10/03/2010

VíK PRJóNSDóTTIR IS NOMINATED

Vík Prjónsdóttir is nominated for "Menningarverðlaun DV" (cultural awards of DV) that will be awarded for the 31st time today, 10th of March. The awards are given in eight categories - literature, architecture, theory, design, cinema, theatre, visual arts and music - for an outstanding performance in the cultural sector during the past year. In all, the nominees are currently forty and you can reed more about it here if you understand icelandic. This is the second time Vík Prjónsdóttir is nominated for this prize. Also some of our models are nominated; Þórunn Hafstað for her film "Íslensk Alþýða", Sara Riel in the fine arts category and Högni Egilsson and Daníel Bjarnason in the music category, we send them our gratulations for their great work.

 

17/02/2010

PERFORMANCE AT STHLM DESIGN DISTRICT PARTY

Vík Prjónsdóttir was a special guest at the Sthlm Design District party with a performance in collaboration with acting students from Södra Latin theater school. It was an honor for us to have the opportunity to present our products in such a way. It was absolutely crowded at the party so during the performance the models had to be escorted by a security guard through the crowd to get to the stage. They did a wonderful job and we are so grateful for their participation.

  • Kalle at Aplace with a friend
 

17/02/2010

THE EXHIBITION AT APLACE

Tuesday the 9th of February we launched the new product line with a little exhibition at Aplace (PUB department store). It was a wonderful evening, meeting a lot of great people and friends from home. The exhibition will be open until the 28th of February so for those of you that are around in Stockholm you can have a close look and get to know the new blankets there.

We want especially to thank the owners and all the people at Aplace for their hospitality. ....and finally thanks to Skjálfti the icelandic brewery for the liquid support.

 

30/01/2010

PREMIERE DURING STOCKHOLM DESIGN WEEK

Vík Prjónsdóttir will be launching the new product line during Stockholm Design Week. The process started in our workshop in the Westfjords last June. And now finally we are proud to present the new world. The premiere will be the 9th of february at APLACE from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; PUB Department Store, Hötorget (entrance from Gamla Brogatan). The next day, Wednesday the 10th, Vík Prjónsdóttir will be special guests at The Stockholm Design District Party; Magasinet, Rosenlundsgatan 40, (by invitation only).

 

09/02/2010

THE PHOTOSHOOT

The photographer Gulli Már worked with us before, shooting The Seal Pelt and The Beardcaps, so we asked him to join us again in photographing our new products. The models brought life into the blankets with their beautiful presence; Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir and Sophie Mara in The Hidden World, Þórunn Hafstað and Pétur Már Gunnarsson in The Shield of Wings, Högni Egilsson in The Snow blanket, Daníel Bjarnason in The Black or White, Númi Þorkell Thomasson and Linda Loeskow in The Helm of Disguise and Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir in The Seal Pelt.

Also we want to thank our models that contributed to the first product line; Sara Riel, Gústaf Jarl Viðarsson, Björn Kristjánsson, Tinna Ottesen, Janus Bragi Jakobsson, Magnea Guðmundsdóttir, Íris Saara Henttinen Karlsdóttir, Ólöf Arnalds, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir and Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason.

We are very greatful to all these wonderful people for participating in the realisation of our products because for us this dialouge is extremely important.

 

 

  • Testing the sock
  • Testing the Black or White in a snow storm
 

03/02/2010

THE PROCESS

After the workshop in the Westfjords there was a long process in developing the new products. The designers live in Copenhagen, New York and Reykjavík and then the factory is in Vík so that makes the process quite complex...anyway, we made it and here is a little glimps.

  • One of milljon skype meetings
  • Working on the pattern on the way to Vík
  • Moment of crisis
  • Þórir the manager of Víkurprjón trying out one of the blankets
  • Inhaling the wild pink mint
  • Egill sorting the sketches
 

27/01/2010

WORKSHOP IN THE WESTFJORDS

Thury collecting water from the river

The designers finally united again in the Westfjords last summer to work on their new product line. 
There was no internet and no mobile connection to disturb our brains but a lot of fresh water from the river and a lot of heat from the sun.

  • Bathing and brainstorming
  • Working on ideas
  • Sandra, japanese friend, Finna and Brynhildur
 

05/01/2010

100% DESIGN TOKYO

Vík Prjónsdóttir participated in a show organiced by The Trade Council of Iceland at 100% Design Tokyo 2008. Brynhildur, Finna and Sandra, our project manager, went as a representatives for the team. The whole trip was an extremly inspiring experience but still we are working on getting Vík Prjónsdóttir into the japanese market.

  • Beautiful cake, iced green tee and liquid sugar
  • At the fair
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  • Egill working on the structure for The Beardcaps
 

02/01/2010

SCANDINAVIAN GRACE

It was in the middle of the summer 2007 that Fredrik and James at Scandinavian Grace invited Vík Prjónsdóttir to put up a little show at their store in Williamsburg. This was the first time we presented the project in the US so it was a great opportunity to get all the feedback and response however it was quite strange to present these wollen products in the summer heat.

 

30/01/2010

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE

We have launched our new website today, 1st of February 2010. Vík Prjónsdóttir was created 2005 by Icelandic designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Egill Kalevi Karlsson, Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Hrafnkell Birgisson, Þuríður Rós Sigurþórsdóttir and the knitting factory Víkurprjón.

We will launch a new range of products on Tuesday the 9th of february in Stockholm and here on the website. In the meantime you can browse our current range of products. We very much hope you enjoy our site and find everything here that you want to see. Also, we would like to thank Phoebe Jenkins for a wonderful collaboration designing our website and the programmer Mani for his great work.

 

...the image above shows an Inuit Shaman that was an important inspiration in the process of making the new products.