María Kristín Jónsdóttir, Iceland
María Kristín Jónsdóttir graduated as a product designer from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003. She has received various awards for her creations which have been covered in numerous international publications and exhibited around Europe. In her recent work María Kristín draws inspiration from her cultural heritage transforming it into body adornments, seamlessly combining Iceland's rich history with sophisticated contemporary aesthetics.
Laser cut full-grain vegetable tanned leather, 22 x 33 x 4cm
Inspired by the Icelandic sagas and Iceland’s magnificent and harsh landscape María Kristín creates distinctive pieces for her fictional tribe of nomads, living in the rural areas of Iceland. She imagines what the tribe looks like, what they wear and how, and the outcome is STAKA, raw, yet refined, neck and arm pieces.
STAKA´s first collection was introduced during DesignMarch in 2012 and has since been shortlisted for The Grapevine Design Awards in 2013 and 2014 for best product line.