Meet the Design March Reykjavik 2018, Iceland’s Own Design Event – Iceland’s might be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a fully developed, first-world country. A frozen oasis lost in the Arctic sea, Iceland’s being proving its worth over the past few years. Having one of Europe’s highest happiness ration amongst its population, Iceland has it all, even an amazing design event! Today, CovetED Magazine will introduce you to the Design March Reykjavik, Iceland’s very own design event. Don’t forget to pack your mittens…
DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival covering all fields of design including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design. Over four days, Reykjavik Sizzles with creative energy with around one hundred exhibitions, workshops and other events spread across the town from the fishing harbour to the main street and the lava fields surrounding the city, turning the most Northern capital in the world into one big venue for design.
DesignMarch, Iceland’s most important annual design festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year. It will be the largest and most significant yet, with an expected 100 or so events that will transform the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design.
From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names, opening with DesignTalks, a day of lectures by internationally acclaimed designers and the foremost local design thinkers. DesignMarch is organized by Iceland Design Centre, the promotion agency of Icelandic design and architecture.
Where to Stay
The very first luxury hotel to be built in Iceland merges high-end Art Deco elegance with modern flair and a range of amenities that include a spa and relaxation annexe with steam bath, sauna, treatment rooms and a gym. Rooms are decked out in custom-made furnishings, spanning armoires, Hastens beds, and stylish Bang & Olufsen televisions. The restaurant, overseen by an award-winning chef, focuses on skilfully refined Icelandic dishes such as langoustine, beef tenderloin and Arctic char. Don’t miss the bar cocktails, often created with homemade syrups.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
A dapper self-billed ‘lifestyle hotel’ in a great location on Hverfisgata Street. In recent times its building was used as one of city’s most popular music and cultural venues, Faktory. There are many nods to local culture, not least with its library specialising in Icelandic literature. Rooms are decorated with splashy local artworks; other touches include music boxes that play cute Icelandic lullabies. Bathrooms have heated floors. The café also houses an LP library with more than 1,000 records, which are available for guests to play on 10 of the on-property record players.
Reykjavik Marina Residence
These seven plush suites, each named after an Icelandic ship, are situated inside two historic, refurbished houses, down on Reykjavik’s charming harbourfront. Though generally modern, especially the stylish black-and-white bathrooms, the accommodations are dotted with antiques and furnishings renovated in century-old style. Aðalbjörg has a downstairs lounge, while the rest – Þór, Húni II, Víkingur, Dröfn, Esja and Hamranes – have separate lounges within the same floor. Many of the suites come with sea views (though some look over the city), a minibar with Icelandic snacks and organic Icelandic toiletries in the bathrooms.
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