Ingibjörg Hanna at DesignMarch

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Designer Ingibjörg Hanna of Stella Design exhibited a collection of products during Icelandic design festival DesignMarch in Reykjavik last week, including bird-shaped coat hangers (above).

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Other pieces on show included a wooden, antler-shaped coat rack and a range of mirrors representing the silhouettes of figures associated with the recent economic crisis in Iceland.

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Hanna exhibited her pieces at various venues across the city as part of the inaugural DesignMarch design festival, which ended on Sunday.

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Here's some more information from Ingibjörg Hanna:

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‘Birds’ clothes hangers are inspired by the Raven, the bird that is said to have ‘found’ Iceland and is regarded as a symbol of hope. They love sparkly, precious objects, which they snatch and take to their nest.

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These hangers bring a fresh approach and a unique twist to an otherwise mundane item, which allows us to turn a favourite dress or piece of jewellery into a display feature instead of hiding them away in wardrobes.

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Our clothes and accessories hold memories: we all have a treasured or beautiful piece of clothing that we would love to show off, perhaps a vintage piece handed down from our mothers or a dress we have spent too much money on!

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When they are not in use they dangle free as a beautiful and decorative accessory.

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The bird wings are a perfect shape from which to hang clothes. There are three versions available: one hangs down from the ceiling by steel wire; one has a standard hook; and the third is a skirt hanger. The hangers are made in Iceland from painted timber. (black, white and pink)

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Not Rudolf
Coat rack in the shape of raindeer horns

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Mirror silhouettes, Downfall and Restoration
Series of mirror silhouettes of people who have been a lot in the media and spoken about among the public concerning the financial crisis in Iceland.

They are known for good and/or bad deeds and for their connections to the crisis... professional and personal. Some of them used to be very popular but the opinion of them totally turned over. Some of them are still popular and some weren´t noticed before but are very popular or unpopular now (of course not everyone thinks the same and that is the exciting part).

The public is often told it participated in what made the downfall of Iceland. We supposedly took big loans, we spent a lot of money we didn't have, we praised the Vikings and the banks… But is that really true? Were we really participating in the big party of the newly rich? Party of Hummers, star event birthday parties (Elton John, 50 cents) and private jets?

The idea for the mirror is that you are looking at the silhouette and yourself at the same time. Does that person represent you, is it a good feeling you get when you look at yourself and him/her at the same time. Do you mirror (see) yourself in his/her ideas and actions? Do you feel proud, happy, full of hope, angry, sad, repulsed?

Johanna Sigurdardottir: she is our current prime minister, the first female to become a prime minister in Iceland. She only recently became prime minister, after the crisis.

David Oddson: he was a prime minister some years ago but moved on to the central bank of Iceland after he “quit” politics

Eva Joly: she is a Norwegian investigating the financial crisis in Iceland.

Olafur Ragnar Grímsson: he is our president.

Dorrit Mossaieff: she is our first lady, born in Israel but has lived most her life in London.

Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir: she was the minister of foreign affairs during the crisis. She is a tough cookie but got a brain tumor when everything in Iceland was falling apart. She has had to quit politics... until she recovers. She might have been the prime minister (instead of Johanna Sigurdardottir) if not for the tumor.

Jon Asgeir Johannesson: he is one of the Vikings investing in the UK and Denmark and it seems all his companies are going under.

Alistair Darling: he was a lot in the Icelandic media at the beginning of the crisis. The Icelandic government and the UK governments exchanged some conversations and told the press and the public two totally different stories about the conversations... who knows what the truth is?

Bjarni Ármannsson: he was one of the Icelandic bank managers.

Þorgerður Katrín: she was a minister (of education) during the crisis. Her husband was one of the big shots in the Banks (but not the biggest) and he is mixed in something we need more explaining about.

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof Z: profile à la sihouette XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI

    XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI
    profile “à la sihouette” ( french name) even with crisis story telling and antler-shaped coat rack are not very new …may be bird-shaped coat hangers for interior design could be OK …

  • morgan geist

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    Hello this is Morgan

    We are no longer at the advent of these technologies. Today manufacturing methods are developing faster and faster and uninteresting design can not really hide behind the marvels of great technology (laser cutting, waterjet, 5-axis milling)

    Rarely designers DO jump at the new developments of industry and successfully make beautiful and new designs that improve on the old, and are made possible purely by new technology, these designs naturally have a new aesthetic and new forms are built that capture the imagination of the public/users.
    I’m afraid in this case these objects just don’t “cut” it.

    Yours,
    Morgan Geist

  • Prof Z: profile à la sihouette XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI

    thats rich morgan. especially coming from a person who ripped his name of an out of date electronic artist. but really lets face it, this coathanger is nothing at all to get excited about or talk about for that matter.

  • xtiaan

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    is a name ripped off from an electronic artist any worse than a self proclaimed title such as “professor” I wonder Z?

    all of this is nice enough but pretty much already done and seen it all before really

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z

    how many comments? only one : the first one is mine, the others are false or too brillant!!!!… Ego is not design , self proclaimed prof comments self proclaimed designers …

  • http://itsdesignrelated.com Courtney

    What really matters is the idea of the piece of work and the intention. I’m sure plenty of artworks have been redesigned and remade, but in the end its the intention of the piece that really matters.

    itsdesignrelated.com

  • http://kentwoodmfg.com Wall Mirrors

    I love the wall mirrors… Very artistic