But in the spirit of DesignMarch, which appears to be continuing, we're turning back to the home of the President, who I hear is giving a tour today of his house, as he did last year to the writers and editors in attendance.
In my research about the President's home, I came upon this website, managed by his office, that explains the history of the residence. Fascinating! I encourage you to read the fabulous story about the house and the land, interchangeably known as Bessastaðir. Great stuff, including tales of the 13th-century writer Snorri Sturluson, a Norwegian king, the 19th-century poet Grímur Thomsen, and others who lived here before it was bought and donated to the state in 1941. (More after the jump.)
Below are photos taken in the reception area of the house. It's a large room with gorgeous rugs and ornate furniture, and Icelandic motifs like bear rugs, trolls (however small, they are very big in the country's folklore), and ships throughout. Sorry I don't have a photo of the entire space; I hadn't yet had official permission to snap photos for publication, and this lady tries to be tactful in the homes of presidents.
We stood in line to shake hands with President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in the solarium. My friend Abe Gurko, a writer, publicist, producer and all-around-doer who was with me on this tour, refers to the Pres as the Viking Obama.