Born in Reykjavík in 1969, Hrafnkell entered the Iceland College of Arts & Crafts and later moved to Germany where he graduated as a product designer - from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbrucken.
The conceptual work of Hrafnkell covers the fields of product design, exhibition design and interior architecture. His work Hoch die Tassen has become a design classic, displayed in design stores and gallery shops all around the world, while the Tools You Bake baking tins and the ongoing Vik Prjonsdottir knitting-project are examples of self-initiated collaborations with fellow designers and small local manufacturers.
Hrafnkell has developed and tutored courses internationally since 2001 including the De-Ikea workshop, a series of classes he also tutored at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His designs was published in the International Design Yearbook 2007, in the book Furnish from Gestalten Verlag and was selected for the Shaping the New Century-European Design since 1985 exhibition which opened at the Indianapolis Museum of the Arts in 2009.
"My goal is to create design that has a unique story to tell. To get there, I seek the interdisciplinary dialog and collaboration to learn from people with exceptional skills and experience."
Our talented colleagues at Studio Hany Summa in Berlin are extraordinary partners for exclusive product development and small-scale production.
Sebastian Summa, designer:
"My passion for materials, especially metals, grew significantly during my time as a blacksmith. I expanded on this experience throughout my design studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam by using both traditional and new materials, crafts and techniques. At our Berlin studio we transform ideas into prototypes, then later into small product series or unique, one-off pieces."
Jo Hany, designer:
"Sebastian and I previously worked for a company producing sculptures and art installations for contemporary artists. This period refined our crafts skills and deepened our knowledge of materials. It gave us a good impression of how different applied artists work, an experience which has influenced our own practice ever since."
The porcelain manufacturer and brand Rosenthal is known for its ground-braking cooperations with international designers, architects, artists, craftsmen and celebrities and for founding the first chain o design-shops world-wide in 1960
One of last century's greatest contributors to design - a "mad man" of the sixties - a graphic designer, author, lecturer and educator - today living and working from his organic farm in Hornbæk, Denmark