Remoteness and design


A dialogue on design in the most remote areas that took place on a sunny spring day in Helsinki in April 2022. The discussion was moderated by Anna María Bogadóttir. Listen to the full recording below.


Tinna Gunnarsdóttir gained her design education in England, Germany and Italy and has been running her design studio in Reykjavik since 1993. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally. Through everyday objects and design research Tinna reflects on the environment whether it be domestic or the natural. She puts material and technology into unexpected circumstances generating a different perspective, an expanded experience - a twisted context. Her life-long immersions in Icelandic landscapes contribute to her understanding of spatial awareness, formally expressed through material objects.

Manu Humppi, an architect that has an enthusiasm for outdoor life. Long hikes and nature has driven Manu Humppi to combine work and pleasure by becoming an architect of the wild. His thesis “Turf huts and wilderness huts” developed into a book with the same title published a few years later (Kirjakaari 2014). Ever since, Manu has been lecturing and designing buildings of that sort. Apart from small scale buildings Manu has been working with large diversity of projects in several offices in Tampere. He is currently CEO of ArkkitehtuuritoimistoVihanto& Co, a small architectural office working mainly on residential architecture.


Anna María Bogadóttir is a licensed architect, urbanist and curator engaging at the interface of architecture, art and urban culture. She is the founder of Úrbanistan, an architecture practice operating across the fields of architecture, planning and preservation combining research and design with curatorial and publishing practices. Anna has extensive experience in cultural planning and strategic design on municipal, national and transnational levels and has been lead-consultant for Iceland Design and Architecture in the Nordic project Design in Nature. Anna is assistant Professor at the Iceland University of the Arts.