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Description

Iceland is an active volcano island, centred on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Some years ago large parts of Europe experienced this when glacier Eyjafjallajökull erupted, causing enormous disruptions to air travel due to vast amount of volcanic ash in the air. The volcanic ash forms when the hot magma of the eruption comes in contact with the melting glacier, causing steam explosions, which fragment the magma into these small particles we call ash. However, when there is no water involved volcanic eruptions generate lava. In 2014-15 a gigantic lava field was created in the central highland of Iceland, covering an area of 85 km2, which is similar to that of Copenhagen. The production of raw lava in Iceland comes in endless variations and vintages. Geognome seeks to get some kind of a control over this harsh but amazing material all around us. It refers to the Icelandic folk belief of hidden people living in the rocks – in a parallel universe. The object itself can be located indoor as well as outdoor. It is an open ended object and can have a variety of connotations depending on the context and the viewer. Geognome is handmade in Iceland by one of our finest stonemason. Each piece is unique because of the inherent variations of the natural material

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Full dimensions (cm)

30x30x30

Weight (kg)

30

Material

Production Year

1992

Color

Design destination: Reykjavik

Additional information

Full dimensions (cm)

30x30x30

Weight (kg)

30

Material

Production Year

1992

Color

The designer

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Tinna Gunnarsdóttir
Tinna Gunnarsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1968. She gained her design education in England, Germany and Italy and has been running her design studio in Reykjavik since 1993. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally. Currently she is a professor at Iceland University of the Arts. Through everyday objects and design research Tinna reflects on the environment whether it be domestic or the natural. She puts material and technology into unexpected circumstances generating a different perspective, an expanded experience, a twisted context. Her life-long immersions in Icelandic landscapes contribute to her understanding of spatial awareness, formally expressed through material objects.
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Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir
Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir is the Adorno curator of design destination Reykjavik. "Geognome" object by Tinna Gunnarsdóttir is carefully selected as a piece that reflects the local design scene of Reykjavik. As a local and recognized design expert Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir's curation is a quality assurance that buying from Tinna Gunnarsdóttir is a safe investment in the most important design from Reykjavik right now.
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María Kristín Jónsdóttir
María Kristín is an Icelandic product designer and the head designer for STAKA. She has a keen passion for her cultural heritage and draws inspiration from nature, it’s forces, shapes and structures. María Kristín Jónsdóttir is the Editor-in-chief of HA – a magazine on Icelandic design and architecture that provides a forum for critical discussion on the cultural landscape. Also as a curator, creative director and designer. María Kristín’s work has been exhibited around Europe, in Spark|Design Space, Design Forum Finland and The Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art. She has been shortlisted for The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards for Thread (2012) and STAKA (2013). Her work has been covered in various Icelandic and international publications, including Fast Co Design, The Coolhunting and The Reykjavik Grapevine. Maria Kristin holds a B.A. in Product Design from The Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Iceland and Goldsmithing at the Technical College Reykjavik. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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