Winners of the Icelandic Design Award 2015!


As part of the design team of the Eldheimar exhibition we feel extremely proud and honoured to have received the most prestigious design award of Iceland, the Icelandic Design Award!

Launched in May 2014, the Eldheimar Volcano Museum is dedicated to one of Iceland’s biggest natural disasters, the Heimaey eruption in 1973. In the middle of the night on January 23, a volcanic fissure opened up on the outskirts of the town and continuously ejected lava and ash for five months.

Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect for an outstanding new work, object, project or collection. The award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process. The Icelandic Design Award was handed out for the second time on November 24, 2015. The Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. Over 100 projects were nominated out of which Eldheimar was chosen to be the over all winner.

According to the jury: “The exhibition communicates a unique moment in the Icelandic natural history in an extraordinary way, using creative, well implemented and functional solutions with powerful aesthetics to interact with the visitors. The project is exceptionally ambitious. It is also a profoundly important, rare example of a cross-disciplinary collaboration between designers and architects.”

Gagarín‘s role was to design and develop five interactive exhibits for the museum. This year, Gagarín has already recieved three other awards for the work in Eldheimar, the SEGD Honor Award, The German Design Awards , and Icelandic Graphic Designers Awards 2015 (FÍT Awards) in the category of  "Information- & Interactive Design". 

We proudly worked together with Axel Hallkell Jóhannesson, Margrét Kristín Gunnarsdóttir, Lilja Kristin Ólafsdóttir and many many more, including all the amazing people in Vestmannaeyjar.


Hringur Hafsteinsson Creative Director at Gagarin.

Created 25 November 2015