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Björn Steinar Blumenstein

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Reykjavik

Biography

Björn Steinar is an enthusiastic designer who strives towards bringing around societal change through his design practice. Björn is from a generation of product designers; designing into a world over flooded with products and useless temptations. The world is in dire need of solutions to an array of problems, which is why Björn tends towards what he calls an anti-capitalistic design method; honest design practice with a real purpose.

Recent works include Banana Story – an explanation of the world condition from the standpoint of a banana, Catch of the day – fighting food waste by handcrafting vodka from dumpster dived fruits and Skógarnytjar – mobilizing Icelandic designers and foresters to create a culture around utilization of a new resource in a previously woodless country.

The three research-driven projects echo Björn’s vision of using design as a medium for conveying ideas. Strong narratives and expressive simple solutions, combined with close collaborations, place his local context as a metaphor for the world in a solution-oriented dialogue. Always proposing a solution, no matter how complex the problem.

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Exhibitions

2019

Banana Story exhibited in Victoria and Albert Museum as a part of FOOD: Bigger Than The Plate.
Willow Project exhibited at Shanghai Design Week.
Material world workshop at LungA Art Festival.
Skógarnytjar exhibited in Ásmundarsalur at DesignMarch.
Catch of the day pop-up in Ásmundarsalur at DesignMarch.
Banana Story exhibition in Bismút at DesignMarch.
Catch of the day exhibition in Temporary Art Center at Dutch Design Week.

2018

Cargo exhibited as a part of The Magic Box; Shipping, shopping and the global consumer in
Maritime Museum of Denmark.
Matter out of place exhibited in Red Gate Residency, Beijing.
Alternative Gardening exhibited in The Icelandic Academy of the Arts at DesignMarch.
Skógarnytjar exhibited in Hei›mörk at DesignMarch.
Catch of the day exhibited in Bismút at DesignMarch.
Willow Project exhibited as a part of Earth Matters in TextilMuseum, Tilburg.

2017

Cargo exhibited in Straumsvík Aluminum Smelter at DesignMarch.
Cargo exhibited in Rey›arfjör›ur Aluminum Smelter.

2016

Willow Project exhibited at Skri›uklaustur.
Willow Project exhibited at The Maritime Museum, Reykjavík, at DesignMarch.
Alternative gardening exhibited at Grótta Lighthouse at DesignMarch.
Cargo exhibited in Reykjavík Art Museum as a part of The Icelandic Academy of the Arts graduation show.
Ministry of Icelandic Vegetables exhibited as a part of Food & Innovation in The Icelandic Ocean Cluster.
Willow Project exhibited in Klokgebouw at Dutch Design Week.

2015

Just wood exhibited in Kaffistofan at DesignMarch.
Willow Project exhibited in The Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

Press coverage

2019

Banana Story published in The Economist, Elle Decor Italia, Icon Magazine: Speciale 100 talenti, Damn Magazine, HA magazine, Reykjavík Grapevine and Mannlíf.
Skógarnytjar published in Elle Decor Italia.
Plastplan featured in 101 Live Radio.
Catch of the day published in Elle Decor Italia.
Ulyankulu Furniture published in Elle Decor Italia.
Cargo featured on Hvad höfum vid gert? TV show on Icelandic national station Rúv.
Björn Steinar participant in Hvad höfum vid gert? Hvad getum vid gert? podcast at Rúv núll.
Catch of the day featured on Hvad höfum vid gert? TV show on Icelandic national station Rúv.
Skógarnytjar book published by studio Björn Steinar.
Skógarnytjar published in Damn Magazine, Sight Unseen, Reykjavík Grapevine and Hús og hýbyli.
Catch of the day featured on Eitt stykki hönnun, takk, TV show on Icelandic national station Rúv.

2018
Catch of the day featured on Future Builders Design Awards TV show on Dutch national station NPO.
Willow Project published in Why Materials Matter by Seetal Solanki.
Willow Project published in Radical Matter; Rethinking materials for a sustainable future.
Catch of the day published in; Design Indaba, Glamour, Trend Tablet, Metropolis Magazine, Damn Magazine, HA Design Magazine, Man Magazine and Core 77.
Skógarnytjar published in; Metropolis Magazine, Damn Magazine, HA Design Magazine, Man Magazine and Iceland Review.
Catch of the day featured in Vikan me› Gísla Marteini on Icelandic national station Rúv.
Skógarnytjar featured on Icelandic national station Rúv.
Cargo published in Dezeen and HA Design Magazine.

2017

Cargo published in Verdure Engraved and Design Indaba.
The Commodity and Anti-Capitalist Design published in Mæna.

2016

Willow Project book published by Partus Press.
Willow Project published in Dezeen, Frame Magazine no.111 and HA Magazine no.3.
Björn Steinar artist of the Issue in Reykjavík grapevine.
Ministry of Icelandic Vegetables published in NORD No.4.

2015
Just wood published in Hanna Magazine and Tímarit Skógræktarfélags Reykjavíkur.

Jobs & Positions

Independent at Studio Björn Steinar. Guest teacher Iceland Academy of the Arts. Guest teacher at University of Iceland. Guest teacher at Lýðháskólinn á Flateyri. Founder of Plastplan – recycling, design and environmental education company.

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