The Museum of Design celebrates its 12th anniversary this year by opening the museum in a new location at the end of May. The opening exhibition is called “From Fish to Leather” and there you can see bags from houses such as Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo and shoes from Donna Karan made of Icelandic fish leather.
“By opening our in new location on May 28th we are getting a fantastic new museum where we can preserve our items and have regular exhibitions. Our first exhibition is called “From Fish to Leather”. It is an idea we have been working on for some time. We are trying to give our visitors some idea what kind of raw materials are manufactured in Iceland and designers are using,” Museum Director Harpa Þórsdóttir says.
“We will have on display all kinds of Icelandic and International artifacts made of Icelandic raw materials, e.g. fish leather. Fish leather is manufactured in Iceland and mainly exported. We connect this to the industrial history. Traditionally fish leather has been used to produce e.g. hand-made shoes but nowadays shoes made of fish leather are fashion items
with brand names like Donna Karan, Nike and Christian Dior,” she says.
The Museum of Design is the only design museum in Iceland. The goal is not only to be a design museum welcoming guests of all ages but also to be a research center for experts and scientists. The new location is Garðatorg 1, Garðabær. Opening hours: Every day 12-
17. Closed on Mondays.