Postponed edition of DesignMarch reflected ”the unique growth of the Icelandic design scene”

We asked Álfrún Pálsdóttir, head of PR & Communications for DesignMarch and the centre of Iceland design and architecture, to list highlights from Iceland’s largest design festival last week.
May 13, 2022

The festival, Pálsdóttir shares, focuses on design as a driving force for innovation and demonstrates the important role of design, architecture, and innovation in society. This year, the pandemic postponed the event from March to May, and last week’s programme was free and open to the public.

— This was our 14th year and the schedule included over 100 exhibitions, 250 events, and 400 participants that reflect the unique growth of the Icelandic design scene. Finally, the festival could spread its wings all over the capital area without any restrictions, with the international conference and signature event, DesignTalks in Harpa, leading the way and other official events and openings following, for five days. The programme this year was very versatile with participants focusing on sustainability, recycling, upcycling, new ways and technologies, experiments, and more, she says, continuing,

— The DesignTalks conference was a moment for imagination and deep thinking, a full day of inspiration in Harpa curated by Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir and moderated by Marcus Fairs, founder and editor in chief of Dezeen. The day included speakers like space architects Liam Young and Anders Lendager, digital fashion designer Susanne Vos from The Fabricant, and designer Giorgia Lupi from Pentagram. The day was streamed via Dezeen

Now the festival starts planning for next year’s edition — and we are happy to say that Iceland will be celebrating March in May in 2023. We are excited to welcome everybody to enjoy design and architecture from a fresh Icelandic perspective next year.

DesignMarch 2022.