Katrín Ólína Pétursdóttir is an Icelandic industrial designer, graphic artist and author. Her work has materialised in the fields of product design, fashion, interiors, furniture, print and animation. She has created large immersive graphic installations at the National Gallery in Oslo and the Reykjavik Art Museum, and her pieces have transformed various private and public spaces in the hospitality industry. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Forum Aid Award, SEGD (The Society for Experiential Graphic Design), FÍT and the DV Culture Award in Iceland.
With a poetic vision and a multidisciplinary approach to creativity, Ólína has, during her carrier, explored design as a teacher, collaborator, researcher, solo artist and entrepreneur. She has adopted technology to traditional and high-tech matierals in order to translate her work to large scale productions such as Cristal bar in Hong Kong. Her work has been commissioned by festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival and Nordisk Panorama. Since 2014, she has held a visiting research position at Aalto Digital Design Laboratory in Helsinki, where she has explored digital manufacturing and 3D printing. To Katrín, technology has been a means to give form and material to her queries into Nature, mythology and the humanities, including philosophy.
Ólína’s recent project, Primitiva, presents a unique collection of 40 cast bronze talismans that are designed to encapsulate some of humanity’s existential questions as well as helping the wearer find focus in a technically entangled and often disconnected physical world. To navigate the collection, Ólína wrote Primitiva - Book of Talismans.
She is regularly invited to participate as a public speaker, in design and global events, recently including TYPO-Berlin, DesignTalks Reykjavik and Women Economic Forum.
In the past 25 years, Katrín Ólína has been based in Reykjavik, Paris, London, Brussels, Taipei, Hong Kong and Helsinki. She currently lives in London.