Jens Thoms Ivarsson, A Story of Ice Hotels and Catwalks

Jens Thoms Ivarsson is obsessed with using ice to transform uninteresting everyday products into something that will attract attention. World famous for using ice to create beautiful things, the artist has created cool indoor icebars, Chanel catwalks and also for five years he has helped carve the world’s largest ICEHOTEL made of ice located in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden. Jens and his work partner have won numerous awards for their Swedish intuition on how to use the natural flow of water to create unique sinks, and natural design.  How many people do you know, who get to travel around the world to create things with ice and snow?

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Jens has been influenced by water and nature in his design from a young age.  His first job at a stone masonry is where he connected with his second half for the firm, Mats Nilsson.  Mats is a fourth generation stonemason, and together with Jens, runs Thoms & Nilsson, which offers services such as product design, education, and lectures.  Jens intuitive nature, and fascination with the natural flow of water has led him to design sinks, such as those shown in the video from his TEDxUniversityofGothenburg talk in 2011.  As their site states, they wish to take uninteresting products, such as benches we sit on, or water and create something captivating.  Currently, all their production is done in Sweden, and when Jens is not speaking or teaching in other parts of the world, he tends to work on his passions, creating beauty with different natural materials, and spending time playing his drums.

To see a list of other uninteresting products the duo have transformed, visit their site.

You can watch his talk about designing with water for TEDx below:

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Naureen Nayyar

I am a creative thinker that enjoys making complex ideas simple to be understood. I studied biology prior to switching into a political science degree and I have been involved in writing short stories and for a newspaper since I was in high school. Since my parents live in different continents, international development and travel have been always topics of interest in my life.