Inspired by the Icelandic sagas and Iceland’s harsh and magnificent landscape María Kristín creates distinctive pieces for her fictional tribe of nomads, living in the rural areas of Iceland. María Kristín imagines what the tribe looks like, what they wear and how, and the outcome is STAKA, raw, yet refined, neck and arm pieces that are laser cut from leather and hand molded by the designer herself.
The collection seamlessly combines Icelands rich history with its sophisticated contemporary aesthetic.
Is it an accessory? Is it jewelery? STAKA may lack definition but certainly doesn’t lack in originality. The collection of modern jewellery combines beautiful craftsmanship and local materials with modern technology, and is beautifully presented.
-The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards panel of judges.
María Kristín Jónsdóttir is the designer of STAKA. She has a keen passion for her cultural heritage and draws inspiration from nature, it’s forces, shapes and structures. María Kristín’s work has been exhibited in Spark|Design Space, Design Forum Finland and The Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art. She has been shortlisted for The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards for Thread (2012) and STAKA (2013) and her work has been covered in various international publications, including Fast Co Design, The Coolhunting and Textiel Plus. María Kristín holds a B.A. in Product Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Iceland and Goldsmithing at the Technical College Reykjavik. She lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.
STAKA was founded in autumn 2011 in Reykjavik by product designers María Kristín Jónsdóttir and Bylgja Rún Svansdóttir. STAKA´s first collection, introduced during DesignMarch in 2012, received international attention and the collection has since been exhibited around Scandinavia and nominated for The Grapevine Design Awards in 2013 for best product line.