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A Universe of Jewellery - Pandora

A Universe of Jewellery – Pandora

WORDS by Svava Jónsdóttir PHOTOS by Neil John Smith & courtesy of PANDORA PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished contemporary jewellery made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. It’s a unique brand you can buy in more than 100 countries. Iceland is one of them. ‘We have two PANDORA stores in Ice­land, one in the Kringlan Mall in Reykjavík, and the other in the Smáralind Mall in Kópavogur. Both carry PANDORA’s full collection. We also sell PANDORA charms and bracelets from the Icelandair Saga boutique,’ the owner, Valdís Vifilsdóttir, says. PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished contemporary jewellery. The pieces are made from high-quality materials at affordable prices, and they are sold in more than 100 countries on six continents. ‘PANDORA’s feminine universe offers vast opportunities for personal expression,’ Valdís says. You can buy bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants and choose your own style. Indeed, you can design your own bracelet made from sterling silver, gold or leather, so each woman can express her own personal style. Of course, Valdís and her team will help you to choose PANDORA jewellery that suits you or your loved ones best.. She works as an interior designer part time. That’s not all. She’s also a partner and the managing director of the company, Tinna, which is a wholesale and distribution company that sells textiles, and she’s a partner and the managing director of Hótel Smári, a 47-room hotel in Kópavogur. ‘So I have a busy schedule every day.’ Valdís is one of the women who uses PANDORA jewellery to express her personal style.


Fashionable Frames  in 15 Minutes – Optical Studio

Fashionable Frames in 15 Minutes – Optical Studio

Optical Studio’s Keflavík International Airport store offers full-service optical solutions with the latest technology in eye care. Its opticians perform eye exams and contact lens fittings and make products in just 15 minutes. Travellers have the opportunity to get quality glasses with designer frames while waiting in the terminal, duty free. Kjartan B. Kristjánsson, the owner, optician and chairman of the board at Optical Studio, recently spoke with Reykjavík Fashion & Design about the unique service that a growing number of travellers are taking advantage of. When did you start Optical Studio? I’m a licensed optician, and I started my own company in 1982. I set up a shop in the town of Keflavík that year and later one at the US Naval Base in Kefla­ vík. In 1998, I established a private shop in Keflavík International Airport Terminal. Today, we have three shops with 35 employees. When did you have the idea to set up shop at Keflavík International Airport? Everything you could want, you could buy in airports around the world, but you couldn’t get customized prescription glasses. I had the idea to give customers new prescription glasses while they waited in the terminal. How long does it take for customers to get their lenses? We keep over 3.000 prescription ­ lenses in stock. We provide full optical services for glasses and contact lenses in less than 15 minutes. How does this service work? The customer comes into the shop, they pick the frame they like best, and we do the eye exam. After the prescription is determined, we make the glasses. The lenses are shaped to fit the frames, and the optician assembles the glasses. Once the glasses are ready, they are adjusted to the customer’s liking, and they have their glasses. It takes just under 15…


Scintilla

Scintilla

Scintilla is a home textiles company that was founded in 2010 in Reykjavík, Iceland. In march 2014 Scintilla opened up a studio & showroom in Skipholt 25, 105 Reykjavík. Scintilla brings avant-garde ideas from fashion into home decor. Our designs are built on the Scandinavian design tradition, influenced by the extreme nature of Iceland. Scintilla’s aesthetics are contemporary and the design concept is progressive graphics with unique color palettes. Along with organic towels and posters that is in continuous development Scintilla expanded their product range in December 2015 by adding two new prints to the bedlinen collection. Scarves made of extra fine baby merino wool launching as well in December after being displayed at Design March in 2015. The newest addition is all new kitchen line that will be displayed at Design March 2016. Scintilla Hospitality offers as well a range of textiles for hotels and has worked on special projects in collaboration with clients such as Ion hotel, Blue Lagoon, Hilton Spa, Icelandair Hotel Marina Residence and many more. Scintilla strives at all times to be environmentally conscious and responsible. The Scintilla team consists out of enthusiastic professionals, who are passionate about creating a new vision with a different approach.


Quartet

Quartet

National Gallery of Iceland – January 15th to May 1st 2016 The National Gallery of Iceland kickstarts its exhibition programme with ‘Quartet’, an exhibition that incorporates the work of four contemporary artists: Gauthier Hubert, Chantal Joffe, Jockum Nordström, and Tumi Magnússon. While all of the works touch on the human being in and of itself, each one takes its own unique approach, exploring art, its history, and its makers from various viewpoints. Because the artists use different historical points of departure, ‘Quartet’ not only investigates humanity, but the ways artists have investigated it in the past as well. Established in 1884, the National Gallery of Iceland collects, conserves, researches, presents, and provides education about both Icelandic and international art. The gallery’s collection mainly consists of pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Many of these pieces embody various landmarks in Icelandic art history, giving the museum a strong role in representing the movement of Icelandic art over the years. In addition to its educational and conservational roles, the gallery also holds exhibitions by Icelandic and foreign artists in its four exhibition rooms. One of these rooms, the Vasulka Chamber, is dedicated to video and electronic art. Alongside these rooms sits a gallery café and a bookshop that sells pieces of design and giftware. With its extensive and varied collection of both Icelandic and international art, the National Gallery has become one of the most prominent art forums in Iceland. It’s the place to go to see a bit of a history, and to catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the art world.


Design March @ Hannesarholt 2016

Design March @ Hannesarholt 2016

The 7th annual Design March is upon us this year in Iceland, and as per usual it is filled with Icelandic talent and design. This year in downtown Reykjavík there will be a cluster of shows with various designers co-existing in Hannesarholt, Grundarstig 10, 101 Reykjavík. Here is a quick overview of the group of designers exhibiting in Hannesarholt this year. Saga Kakala Exhibiting on the lower ground floor of Hannesarholt is Saga Kakala. The woman behind Saga Kakala is the Icelandic actress, MSc, and entrepreneur, Ingibjörg Gréta Gísladóttir. She operates together with various artists and designers for each one of her line of silk and cashmere scarves. Every collection tells its story and has its unique aesthetics. This year for Saga Kakala’s third collection, Ingibjörg collaborated with the Icelandic designer, Katrín Ólína Pétursdóttir. Katrín Ólína has developed a rich visual language that builds on research, experimentation and intuitive, creative drawing processes that combine the use of technology with the hand drawn. This line is named Goddesses as Katrín sought inspiration from goddesses from various parts of the world, like the Norse goddess Freyja and the Roman goddess Venus.   North Limited Situated on the second floor of Hannesar­holt are North Limited. North Limited is a group of Ice­landic­ designers, Guðrún Vald, Sigríður Hjaltdal and Þórunn Hannesdóttir. North Limited’s style is both contemporary and warm. Icelandic heritage influences them, and the outcome is beautiful objects mixed with elegance and Icelandic quirkiness. They mainly focus on design furniture and home accessories. Throughout the past six years, these designers have been making a name for themselves in Iceland and have only been exhibiting together for nearly two years at both Icelandic and international design fairs. North Limited focuses on classic design with high-quality production, focusing on both top-grade materials as well as the best craftsmanship possible for…


Like Clockwork: JS Watch Co. Reykjavík has time on their side

Like Clockwork: JS Watch Co. Reykjavík has time on their side

In a world in which big-box stores and mass production have long since become the norm, the idea of opening a small, family business specializing in limited-edition, handmade products may seem more like a nostalgic daydream than good business sense. Nevertheless, in 2005, friends Sigurður Gilbertsson, Júliús Heiðarsson, and Grímkell ­Sigurþórsson decided to take a leap of faith and found JS Watch Co. Reykjavík, ­Iceland’s first watch manufacturer, and, they joke, ‘probably the smallest watchmaker in the world.’ The idea may have been idealistic—Iceland certainly doesn’t have a long tradition of quality timepiece production—but the founders had good reason to be optimistic. They would be joined in their endeavour by Sigurður’s father, Gilbert Guðjónsson, a master watchmaker with nearly 50 years of experience. Gilbert started apprenticing as a watchmaker at the tender age of 16 and soon discovered a real passion for the craft, often electing to skip summer holidays and work long night and weekend hours in order to hone his skills. So many years later, once Gilbert had long owned and run his own successful watch repair shop in Reykjavík, the idea of launching a brand of Icelandic-­designed, ­Icelandic-manufactured specialty watches didn’t seem so crazy. In fact, it seemed like a lot of fun. Weathering the storm Starting as something of a luxury brand,­ JS Watch Co.’s first collection was made in an exclusive batch of just 100 watches. It sold out in less than six months. Following this success, Gilbert and his partners went on to successfully design, manufacture, and sell out of five more limited-edition collections. JS Watch Co. pieces were designed with longevity in mind—they were made to be heirlooms, Gilbert explains, durable watches that could be passed from one generation to another—and the shop’s attention to craftsmanship and quality ­manufacturing were quickly making the…