Brynjar Sigurðarson received a master's degree in product design from ECAL, Lausanne, in June 2011, following a bachelor degree from The Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA) in Reykjavík, Iceland.
For his graduation project (2009) at IAA he went for a one month trip to a small rural area in the north-east of Iceland, meeting farmers, fishermen and other local people, such as the priest, the mayor, knitting women and a shark hunter. His master's thesis discussed how cultures are approached through narratives, and how designers can learn from other fields that deal with cultures such as anthropology and archaeology. Following the thesis his graduation project at ECAL questioned the relationship between props and products. It was chosen by Blueprint magazine as one of this years top graduation exhibitions.
During his studies he did internships at Chris Kabel studio in Rotterdam and at the Big Game studio in Lausanne as well as working on a project granted by the Icelandic Innovation Society for a milk farm in the south-east of Iceland. In January 2011 he was nominated by product designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to do a limited edition cover for the Next generation issue of Wallpaper. In spring 2011 he participated in a pecha kucha night at the Festarch architecture festival in Perugia, Italy, were he discussed his approach on stories and design. In March 2012 he did a pecha kucha at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa. In February 2012 the Danish fur company Kopenhagen Fur presented objects partly made in fur from his graduation collection at ECAL. Summer 2012 he received the Grand Prix at the Design Parade 6 in Villa Noailles, Hyeres, France, where he presented objects realised at ECAL and IAA.
In June 2012 he had an exhibition along with Jean-Babtiste Fastrez at the Design Parade 7 in Villa Noailles, Hyeres, which travelled to IMM Cologne and the Paris Designers Days. Last April his documentary about the hermit Borgþór Sveinsson, was shown at the art film festival Bosch Art Film in Holland and since then has been presented in the context of art and design and film.
Since 2011 he has been establishing his studio in Lausanne along with teaching at the Masters Department at ECAL, Lausanne. Current and recent studio projects involve working with the French porcelain manufacturer Sevrés, the glass research center CIRVA, the Spanish shoe manufacturer Camper, Spark Design Space, Reykjavík and the renowned Paris based design gallery Galerie Kreo.
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