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Anna Thorunn celebrates the circle in Stillness homeware collection

Icelandic designer Anna Thorunn exploits the "natural shape" of the circle in this set of rounded tray tables and candle holders.

Presented at the DesignMarch event in Reykjavík, Thorunn's Stillness series includes a tray table, an elevated tray table and two candle holders.

The locally based designer decided to give each design a circle motif, which she describes as a "symbol of the universe".

"A circle is drawn unintentionally so smoothly and effortlessly, a drawing that has a beginning and an end, like life itself," Thorunn told Dezeen.

The "natural shape" of circles feature in Anna Thorunn's homeware
The "natural shape" of circles feature in Anna Thorunn's homeware

The elevated tray table is made from black powdered-coated steel. It has a shallow circular tray that is supported by three legs and features a circular decorative handle that runs perpendicular to its surface.

A smaller tray, which is intended to sit on a tabletop, has shorter legs and a taller rim. Unlike its corresponding piece, it does not have an ornamental handle.

The candle holders are made from leftover white marble. The come in two sizes.

"Life is often characterised by speed and I found the need to work with simple shapes, like the circle. I draw so often, unintentionally, and a calm feeling comes over me," said Thorunn.

"The circle portrays many things that I wish to share. The circle is such a natural shape to us that, when we see them, we are able to take them in effortlessly," she said.

Dezeen was media partner DesignMarch, which is Iceland's foremost design week.

This year's event took place from 15 to 18 March 2018 in Reykjavík. Other projects on show at the festival included burgers made of mealworms and algae.