Skógarnytjar: Chair Prototype #01

by studio Björn Steinar

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After having been a treeless country for a thousand years the Icelandic forests are reaching a usable state. Due to a lack of forest culture over 90% of the harvested wood ends up being burned for heavy industries.

Prototype #02 is from the Skógarnytjar furniture collection. The collection was designed with the needs of the forestry sector and the available production techniques around the island, the outcome is simple and minimal furniture carefully crafted out of quality materials. By increasing the value of the wood with simple elegant design the foundation of forestry nationwide is strengthened alongside various pros for ecosystems and the environment.

Prototype #02, alongside the other prototypes, were designed and handcrafted by the designer from start to finish.

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Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 50 × 50 × 85 cm
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Wood & Cabinetmaking

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About the designer


studio Björn Steinar

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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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.