Design: Historic building becomes artist's home in Akureyri
The living room features plenty of books, warm hued furniture and animal skins. Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson
Artist Hlynur Hallsson and his wife, Kristín Þóra Kjartansdóttir who is the managing director of design shop Flóra have created a warm, eclectic home in a building dating from 1900.
The couple live with their five children in the building at Hafnarstræti 90 at the heart of Akureyri, North Iceland. The building, which once housed the first convenience shop in town has now been transformed into a home, a shop and artist's workshops.
"By being so central we feel we've created a melting pot for artists and designers, who have a chance to interact with our customers."
The home is decorated in an old-fashioned Icelandic style with a few designer items thrown in. "We're inspired by old books and by the people who visit us from afar. A home is not only somewhere to live, it's a place to create."