fot. Olga Urbanek


1. Why Iceland? Your first memory related to Iceland.

I just couldn't get over this place ever since I came here on holiday for the first time in 2012. Just this sensation that words or logic cannot explain. I left the airport and was driving through empty Reykjanes (which looked completely otherworldly) and listening to Sigur Ros. Sounds cliche, I know, but it was magical at the same time.

2. What are you doing here?

I'm taking a break after spending too much time in London, and trying to find my ways around the local design world, or maybe my ways in general. I've worked organising this year's  Reykjavik design week - DesignMarch. I also teach yoga.

3. What is the best experience that Iceland has given you?

Swimming pools and ice cream in horizontal rain or snow.

4. What do you like the most about Iceland?

Licorice/sweets aisle in the supermarket (seriously, Icelanders know their candy!). Also that wide open sky, especially in low winter sun with the blues blending into pinks. And the closeness to nature, which I never knew I'd appreciate that much. It's also weirdly nice how everyone knows everyone here. And your friends are always within arm's reach. Polar (sic!) opposite to London.

5. What are the disadvantages of Iceland?

Coriander here doesn't taste of anything.

6. Is Iceland a good country to stay in for a long time?

Time will show, but I think so for now. Not many other places are that peaceful and inspiring.
Also, every time I come back here after travels near or far, I feel like I'm back home. A f
eeling that London hasn't given me in 10 long years. 

7.  What is your favourite Icelandic word?

Gordjöss - English words turned Icelandic are just too cool.