"Geognome" object

by Tinna Gunnarsdóttir

5.580 incl. tax

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Estimated production time: 6 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 30x30x30
Open Editions Material : Lava Stone
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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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Weight 50 kg
Dimensions 50 × 50 × 50 cm
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About the designer

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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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.