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Back Reykjavík: Craft inspired by nature

With its name taken from smoke, “reykur”, and bay “vík”, Reykjavík combines the stunning volcanic landscape with the wild north Atlantic. This closeness to the elements, makes Icelanders acutely aware of the power of nature. As a community, they are committed to forging a more sustainable future, and the artisans are leading the way. Meet concerned cabinetmakers, low impact ceramicists, recycling jewellery makers and fishskin leatherworkers.

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1 Master Artisan Bjarni Viðar Sigurðsson Ceramicist Bjarni Viðar Sigurðsson incorporates ash from the volcano Eyjafjallajökull, literally adding a piece of Iceland to his work. Hrauntunga 20,
220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
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2 Master Artisan Kolbrún Ýr Gunnarsdóttir Jewellery maker Kolbrún Ýr Gunnarsdóttir creates beautiful objects with low environmental impact. Sustainability is a key concern of her practice and she mainly works with recycled silver, ensuring her materials are ethically sourced. Address upon request,
108 Reykjavík, Iceland
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3 Master Artisan Arndís Jóhannsdóttir Leatherworker Arndís Jóhannsdóttir uses a sustainable waste material such as fishskin which may seem an unconventional choice, but it is environmentally friendly, lightweight and durable. KIRSUBERJATRÉÐ, Vesturgata 4,
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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4 Master Artisan Gústav Jóhannsson Cabinetmaker Gústav Jóhannsson is passionate about wood and makes furniture built to last. He plants a tree for each item sold, giving back what he takes Funahöfði 3,
110 Reykjavík, Iceland
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5 Master Artisan Guðbjörg KáradóIr Ceramicist Guðbjörg KáradóIr uses volcanic ash in her clay and uses the natural landscape of Iceland to inform her colour palette. Mávahlíð 16,
105 Reykjavík, Iceland
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6 Master Artisan Svetlana Matuša Ceramicist Svetlana Matuša finds her inspiration amid the mysterious landscape of Iceland. Skólavörðustig 41,
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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7 Shop Kirsuberjatréð Kirsuberjatréð (The Cherry Tree) is a design shop that offers unique Icelandic products made of traditional materials. Vesturgata 4,
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Monday to Friday 12:00 - 18:00 and Saturday 12:00 - 17:00 More