Shapes of Sounds by Thórunn Árnadóttir is a set of interactive design objects made from local Icelandic materials and salvaged soundboards from mass-produced toys. The shapes and material choice is a minimalistic interpretation of the sound, based on basic geometric shapes and raw materials. Two wooden cones made from pine trees play ‘Jingle Bells’ when stacked on top of each other (to form a Christmas tree shape), while a cube made of Icelandic lava rock – an ‘elf house’ according to the Icelandic superstition that elves live in similar rocks – tinkles when it’s held. An aluminium cylinder makes a race-car sound when it's rolled and a fur-ball made of sheep wool bleats when you pet it.
First exhibited at "ElectroCraft" exhibition at Studio Tord Boontje during London Design Festival 2016. Then at The Culture House (Safnahúsið) in Reykjavík during Design March 2017. Next exhibition will be Crafts Council & Hull City of Culture "States of Play" exhibition. The exhibition dates are 7 th July – 24 th September 2017 at Humber Street Gallery, Hull and March – May 2018 at FACT, Liverpool.
Supported by the Icelandic Design Fund.
Photos and video: Thorunn Arnadottir
Photos from Design March exhibition: Lilja Jónsdóttir