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Icelandic Designs Shortlisted in Nordic Selected

Icelandic fashion designers Spaksmannsspjarir were shortlisted in the category for the best designed object in the Nordic countries for the past ten years in the international design week Nordic Selected, which took place in Copenhagen last week.

The winner was Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta for their design of the new opera house in Oslo. Other companies that were shortlisted include Marimekko, Volvo and Bang & Olufsen, Morgunbladid reports.

Spaksmannsspjarir were nominated for their multi-purpose garment labels SPAKSadaption and SPAKSelements.

“It is fantastic to be included in such an outstanding group,” said Björg Ingadóttir at Spaksmannsspjarir. “Curators from each of the Nordic countries chose companies to participate. In the end, 16 companies from Iceland were enlisted but we were the only one to make it to the 11-company final.”

SPAKSadaption is a coat that can be changed in multiple ways and SPAKSelements are pieces of fabric that can be fitted together for different purposes and made into garments, blankets and pillows, for example.

“We haven’t started producing the fabric pieces yet, but the coat is part of our 07/08 collection. We have launched a new collection under the label SPAKS, which is less expensive,” Ingadóttir explains.

Spaksmannsspjarir’s autumn collection is about to hit the stores and Magnúsdóttir described it as rather unusual. “We decided to shop with the króna instead of foreign currencies and bought clothing from warehouses around the country, which had piled up during the boom years, and redesigned it.”

Next spring Spaksmannsspjarir will return to Denmark to participate in the show Nordic Tales at the Trapholt museum, and in October this year the company will travel to Russia to participate in the Nordic Look show in St. Petersburg.

In December Spaksmannsspjarir will exhibit its products in a gallery in New York.

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