Object 23: Sipp og Hoj!
by Thorunn Arnadottir, Iceland

Curator's reflection by Anna Leoniak:
The “heart“ of the ring is what caught my attention. It is the tiny silver ring – and that’s all that is needed to help the nylon string become and function as a ring. Thorunn Arnadottir´s Sipp og Hoj! bag is almost like an enlarged version of this ring, where the little silver “heart” becomes a pocket, and the nylon string turns into a rope. Despite the two objects’ completely different functions, the threads going through and interlinking with something else is what joins these two pieces together.

Réflexion de la curatrice Anna Leoniak:
Le « cœur » de l'anneau est ce qui a attiré mon attention. C’est cet anneau d'argent minuscule - et lui seul - qui est nécessaire pour aider la chaîne de nylon à devenir et à fonctionner comme un anneau. Le sac Sipp og Hoj!, de Thorunn Arnadottir, est presque comme une version agrandie de cet anneau, dans laquelle le petit ‘’cœur’’ devient une poche, et la chaîne en nylon se transforme en corde. Malgré leurs fonctions complètement différentes, les chaînes qui traversent un autre élément et qui se relient à lui, sont les composantes qui réunissent les deux objets.


Thorunn Arnadottir is a design studio based in Reykjavík. Arnadottir graduated with MA in Design Products at Royal College of Arts in London (2011). Before that she finished BA in Product Design at Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of the Arts) in Reykjavik (2007).

Thorunn has exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, such as the V&A in London, the Triennale design museum in Milan, MUDAC in Lausanne, Shanghai Power Station of Art and Spark Design Space in Reykjavík. In 2013 she was selected as one of the 50 talents that are shaping the future by Icon Magazine. In 2014 she was nominated for the Icon Awards for “Best Emerging Design Studio” and won the Icelandic Design Awards for the group project "Austurland: Designs from Nowhere".

Thorunn's multi-disciplinary work spans a host of different topics and techniques, driven by curiosity, experimentation and interest in various cultures, materials and processes. She is also the head designer and founder of PyroPet Candle Company, together with Dan Koval.



Rope, cotton, 69x49x2cm, (2014)

Rope, cotton, 69x49x2cm, (2014)