Garðar Eyjólfsson

Garðar Eyjólfsson (b.1981 Iceland) holds a B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London (2009) and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Design from Design Academy Eindhoven (2011). Since founding Studio Eyjolfsson in 2012 he has frequently focused on the refinement and use of local resources in product design, while conducting research which revolves around the area of design fiction. In his work, Eyjólfsson mixes contextual, critical and narrative research as a means of exploring and translating zeitgeist topics. He utilises a variety of mediums to manifest his voice, ranging from artefacts, scenography, curation, fiction, video, performance, dialog and writing. Eyjolfsson’s studio projects, as well as strong engagement in academia, greatly contributes to shaping the identity of the Icelandic design scene, as well as helping the global design community to open new doors to unexplored worlds.


Selected exhibitions

Iceland University of the Arts, Explorations & Translations program, Curation of Omen, Reykjavík, 2019

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Conflicted Matter, Germany, 2019

Old Truman Brewery, The New Nordic Exhibition, Mundane & Everyday, London, 2018

Klokgebouw, Dutch Design Week, Horsekeeper’s Grooming Kit, Eindhoven, 2017

Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art, Clay and More, Reykjavík, 2016

Salone del Mobile, Reconfiguration of a tree - Exercise in Pine I & II for

studio Thomas Vailly, Milan, 2016

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Aurora - Nordic Architecture and Design, 2016

Artisan Gallery, Burst Open, Brisbane, 2014

 50 exhibition at Salone del Mobile, Hydro Morphosis, 2012, Milan

Selected teaching / workshop

University of Reykjavík, Supervisor for final thesis in Master of Project Management, 2022 

EKA, Estonian Academy of the Arts, Emergent Themes: Smart Home, at IxD MA Interaction Design, 2021

Royal Academy of the Art KABK, Confluence, Workshop, MA class, The Hague, 2021 

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, I have become stone, Workshop, MA class, Stockholm, 2020 

Royal Academy of the Art KABK, Post-Hand, Workshop, BA class, The Hague, 2020 

Atelier Luma, Invasive Species, Workshop with Thomas Pausz & Thomas Vailly, Arles, 2017 

Iceland Academy of Arts, Design Explorations & Translations, Program Director MA, 2017-2020

L'École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble, Animal Architecture, Workshop, 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Future Fictions Summit, Workshop, 2016

Iceland Academy of Arts, Product Design, Program Director BA, 2014-2017

Selected speaking / performance

University of Reykjavík, The Pros & Cons of Design Thinking, 2022

Royal Academy of the Art KABK, The Imaginarium: ponderings, wonderings and alternatives, The Hague, 2022

Space 10, Altered Relations, Reading interactive lecture with Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, Copenhagen, 2020

PARSE: Human Conference, Barbara, Performance with Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, Gothenburg, 2019

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Conflicted Matter, Germany, 2019

Iceland University of the Arts, Odd Bodies: Emergent Forms, With Sam ReesMarina Rees and Thomas Pausz, 2019

Form/Design Center Malmö, Material Depot, 2017

The Environment Agency of Iceland and the city of Reykjavík, Materials, packaging and context, 2016

Austurbrú Seminar in East Iceland, Aluminum as a new raw material in a local context, 2015

RÚV Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, Toppstöðin, Tv-Series, 2015

Iceland University of the Arts, The Search for Contemporary Mythologies, 2013