Since 2005, Brynhildur Pálsdóttir has worked as an independent designer in Reykjavík, where she has herown design studio. The guiding principles in her projects are interdisciplinary cooperation and using rawmaterial from her closest environment. Working in Iceland, with its small population and harsh weather,she has to approach product development with an open and innovative mind.
Brynhildur established the project “Designers and Farmers” in 2008 in collaboration with Guðfinna MjöllMagnúsdóttir and Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir from the Iceland University of the Arts, and farmers who makeproducts at home. In this project, farmers and designers worked together to develop new products fromunderutilized products such as skyr, rhubarb, offal, arctic char and rye bread. Many of the productsdeveloped are still in production today and the project has motivated other farmers and designers tocollaborate.
Brynhildur’s latest project is “A Search for Porcelain”, an interdisciplinary project with ceramic designerÓlöf Erla Bjarnadóttir and geologist Snæbjörn Guðmundsson. The unique geology of Iceland means thatraw material for ceramics are scarcer than in most other places; however, with resourcefulness it ispossible to use what nature has to offer for micro production. The project is a trial where the process – thesearch for raw material in nature and experiments – guides the project.