The museum opening hours over Easter:

OPEN 12-5pm: Maundy Thursday and Saturday 22th of March

CLOSED: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday

Welcome and happy Easter!

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Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir has been appointed the new Director of the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Iceland. Sigríður starts at the end of April when Harpa Þórsdóttir leaves, as she was recently nominated as Director at the National Gallery of Iceland. Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir finished a M.A degree in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 1999. She founded and operated her own design company, Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, which promoted outanding desing projects in Iceland. From 2010 to 2016 more than 30 projects were presented from the gallery. Sigríður was Professor and Program director in Product design at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts from 2004 to 2012. Eighteen applicants submitted for the Director's post, 16 women and 2 men. The Museum's staff hearthly welcomes Sigríður.


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Graphic designer Elsa Nielsen has made a name for herself for her drawings #einádag (oneaday) which she regularly posts on Instagram. The Museum of Design and Applied Art asked Elsa to draw pieces from the Museum’s collection for DesignMarch 2017.

It was decided to draw on the Museum’s chair collection, a diverse collection and a typical one in all design museums. Elsa began on Museum Night, February 3rd 2017 and drew 28 Icelandic chairs, by as many Icelandic designers.

The chairs, along with Elsa’s original drawings, will be on display on the exhibition Chair.

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On paper - last exhibition day.

On Sunday, 5th of March, the last day of the exhibition On paper we will have a guided tour with two of three curators of the exhibition, Ástríður Magnúsdóttir and Harpa Þórsdóttir. The tour starts at 2pm. You are welcome!

On display are sketches and drawings by designers and artists from the museum collection and private collections. The pieces provide an idea about the working process of designers and artists when making packaging, advertisements, book covers and of furniture and interior designers from the 1920s until the 1960s.

The exhibition includes works by Jónas Sólmundsson (1905-1983), Jón Kristinsson or Jóndi  (1925-2009), Kristín Þorkelsdóttir (1936), Lothar Grund (1923-1995), Stefán Jónsson (1913-1989) and Sverrir Haraldsson (1930-1985).

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Dec 24 Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Dec 25 Christmas Day: CLOSED
Dec 26 Boxing Day: CLOSED
Dec 27: 12–5pm
Dec 28: 12-5pm
Dec 29: 12–5pm
Dec 30: 12–5pm
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve: CLOSED

Jan 1st New Year’s Day: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: CLOSED


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Mr. Illugi Gunnarsson, the Minister of Education, Science and Culture used the occasion of the Icelandic Language Day to visit some of Garðabær’s cultural institutions. He arrived with a group of people from the ministry to the Museum of Design and Applied Art and had a look at the final preparations of the exhibition On Paper and the permanent exhibition Keepers from the museum’s collection. Museum director Harpa Þórsdóttir showed the minister and his party Kristín Þorkelsdóttir’s advertisements for a film screen and drawings by Lothar Grund, both advertisements and his suggestions for interiors and decorations at Hotel Saga.

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Avant-garde single-family houses were built in the Garðahreppur neighborhood in the 1960s. They were and still are considered a noteworthy part of Icelandic architecture. With increasing car ownership and prosperity after the war it became popular to build modern single-family houses in the suburbs outside the city, closer to pristine nature. American mid-century modern architecture was a characteristic influence at the time. Novelties like open kitchens, fireplace veneer of natural stone, sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows became symbolic for the modern and appealing lifestyle. Many of the houses in the Flatir-area and Arnarnes-neighborhood were designed by the leading architects at the time and some of them remain their best-known works.

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The municipality of Garðabær recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a special anniversary program at Garðatorg square. For this occasion the Museum of Design and Applied Art invited a few well-known locals to choose a piece from the Museum’s collection to add to the exhibition Keepers.

Seven Garðabær locals were guided by museum staff through the museum’s storage area and were given a little insight into the museum’s projects. On the anniversary itself the pieces had been arranged as part of the exhibition along with short explanations for why each person chose it.

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The museum inside out is an exhibition off the work done behind the scene. We are photographing and documenting the museum collection in the exhibiton area. This work is usually done behind the scene but this summer we wanted to draw it out in the open for everyone to see.

We want to invite our guests to come in, be curious, get answers or explanations about this kind of museum work.


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The museum of design will close at 16:00 today.
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