Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

Photo courtesy of the Reykjavík Corner Store

I love Icelandic design, well, being Icelandic I am of course a bit partial ;) But I have guided enough foreign visitors through my home-town, Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, to know that they love it too. I have been showing them "this attraction and that attraction", which I find to be very important for Reykjavík'shistory, but I always end up "losing" them into the Icelandic design stores. Not that I blame them and of course I end up joining them as well ;)

Most frequently I do my shopping online though, and there is an excellent online shopping webpage, the Reykjavík Corner Store where you can find a collection of works by emerging Icelandic designers.

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

I love the name of this store, Reykjavík Corner Store - it reminds me of the time when I was young and we had friendly corner stores all over Reykjavík. That was before the time of the Icelandic supermarkets and malls. Times have changed - and nowadays we can even shop online :)

Let me show you a few examples of Icelandic design and why I am so crazy about it :)

I love the lava candles, the colour combination of the white candle with the pitch black lava and the crimson berries is just exquisite. They are among the many Icelandic design items I buy and give to my friends abroad when I go for a visit. 

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

The whale lamps are so lovely, with drawings of different whale species, including the awesome humpback whale, on a piece of driftwood, found on the Icelandic shores. We never know hold old the driftwood, that we pick up at the shore, really is, it might even be up to 100 years old. I love this idea of making such lamps out of this old driftwood. I have also seen penholders, with the same motif.

There are many whales swimming in the sea around Iceland and whale watching is ever so popular here. I have been whale watching several times hoping to see a humpback whale. On the 3rd tour, I joined I finally saw a humpback whale jump! And it was just outside of Reykjavík, my home-town :)

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

Then there is our most famous poser, the ever so cute puffin ;)

This delightful little bird has been an inspiration for many items made by Icelandic designers, like beach towels, luggage tags, wooden iPhone cases and countless other items. I adore my puffin tea towel.

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

Photo courtesy of the Reykjavík Corner Store

The next item I NEED to buy is the floating cap! I have heard such good things about it and it is perfect for floating in the Blue Lagoon and our geothermal hot pools. I can just imagine myself floating around in a hot pool surrounded by nature, wearing the floating cap. That must be a total relief of stress.

Not so much in our swimming pools though, they are usually crowded, but a hot pool in nature like this one in South-Iceland - that would totally work :) The hot pools are also getting crowded though, as we all like the idea of being alone in a hot pool in nature.

I finally got the chance to try out the floating cap when I went on a guided tour called the Golden Circle and Floating - it was heavenly, highly recommended.

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

As you might have noticed from my travel-blogs then I love wearing the traditional Icelandic woollen sweater. I also own another version of the traditional sweater, which I wear at home when I want to get cosy in front of the TV, or when I sit outside on a chilly night. It is a sweater that changes into a blanket - or vice versa - it is just awesome, I couldn't be without it on my travels.

Lately, I have been wearing it even more than before as this May (2015) has been very sunny but the temperatures have been very low. Our Icelandic genes tell us to run out to get some Vitamin D on the rare occasions that the sun is shining here. So I have been sitting on my balcony, totally covered in the sweater blanket, but getting some tan on my face :)

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

In my photo above I was travelling in South-Iceland and spent the night in a small cottage and wore the sweater blanket both outside while having dinner and inside the sleeping bag.

The sweater blanket was made by two Icelandic women, Inga and Stína, one of whom is a stewardess.  She noticed how the passengers were trying to get warm under the thin blankets provided by the airlines and came up with this wonderful idea of combining a woollen sweater and a blanket. It is closed at the bottom and has a hoot. If you roll it up you can use it as a pillow.

A marvellous idea, in my opinion :) You can get in contact with them through their Facebook Koffor account.

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

There are many more Icelandic designs, f.ex. the clothes stores Cintamani and 66° North, which sell clothes specially made to meet the ever-changing weather conditions in Iceland. 

66° North is the best known Icelandic brand. The name of the store 66° North refers to the village in Iceland where Sjóklæðagerðin/66° North was founded in 1926, Suðureyri in Súgandafjörður fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland, which is located at 66° North (Reykjavík is located at 64° North). The store sells outdoor clothing specially made for the ever-changing Icelandic climate.

66° North has for 89 years made clothes for our seamen and for our rescue teams. These are quality clothes for extreme weather conditions and are excellent in cold weather. I own 2 garments from this brand; a white down-feather parka for winter time and a lighter parka which protects me from the Northern wind when I am travelling in my country. The white down-feather parka is so warm that it is perfect for when I am chilling on ice-chunks on the Diamond beach ;)

Beautiful Icelandic Design - Shop on-line in Iceland

There are many more wonderful items made by Icelandic designers, do check them out - I am sure you will find something that you will like and hopefully you will fall in love with Icelandic design - like I have done :)

Also check out the many guided tours available in Iceland.

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