Ongoing / Upcoming

2019        Banana Story exhibition in Vicoria and Albert Museum, at FOOD: Bigger Than The Plate.
2019        Material World workshop at LungA festival.
2019        Materia exhibition at LungA festival.
2019        Plastplan participating in Plastlaus September in Reykjavík City Hall.

Exhibitions

2019        Skógarnytjar exhibition at Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík.
2019        Catch of the day exhibition at Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík.
2019        Banana Story exhibition at Bismút, Reykjavík.
2019        Willow Project exhibition at Shanghai Design Week.
2018        Catch of the day exhibited 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.
2018        Matter out of place exhibited in Red Gate Residency - Beijing.
2018        Alternative Gardening exhibited in Þverholt 11 as a part of DesignMarch.
2018        Skógarnytjar exhibited in Heiðmörk as a part of DesignMarch.
2018        Catch of the day exhibited in Bismút as a part of DesignMarch.
2017        Willow Project exhibited in TextilMuseum as a part of Earth Matters.
2017        Cargo exhibited in Straumsvík Aluminum Smelter as a part of DesignMarch.
2017        Cargo exhibited in Reiðarfjörður Aluminum Smelter
2016        Willow Project exhibited in Skriðuklaustur.
2016        Willow Project exhibited in Sjóminjasafnið as a part of DesignMarch.
2016        Alternative gardening / nutrition exhibited in Grótta lighthouse as a part of DesignMarch.
2016        Cargo exhibited in Reykjavík Art Museum as a part of the graduation show of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
2016        Connective Collective: Local Production Pt.1 exhibited in the Iceland Ocean Cluster on Food & Innovation.
2016        Willow Project exhibited in Klokgebouw as a part of Dutch Design Week.
2015        Just wood exhibited in Kaffistofan as a part of DesignMarch.
2015        Willow Project exhibited at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

Publications

2019        Banana Story featured in The Economist and HA magazine.
2019        Plastplan featured on 101 Live Radio.
2019        Cargo featured in Hvað höfum við gert? on Icelandic national station.
2019        Skógarnytjar featured in Interior Design, Damn Magazine and Hús og Híbýli.
2019        Catch of the day featured in Nordic style, Damn Magazine.
2019        Banana Story published in Icon Magazine: Speciale 100 talenti.
2019        Björn Steinar featured Hvað höfum við gert? Hvað getum við gert? on Rúv núll.
2019        Catch of the day featured in Hvað höfum við gert? takk on Icelandic national station.
2019        Skógarnytjar book published.
2019        Catch of the day featured on Eitt stykki hönnun, takk on Icelandic national station.
2018        Catch of the day featured in Future Builders Design Awards TV show on Dutch national station NPO.
2018        Willow Project published in Why Materials Matter by Seetal Solanki.
2018        Willow Project published in Radical Matter; Rethinking materials for a sustainable future.
2018        Banana Story featured in Art4D.
2018        Catch of the day published in; Design Indaba, Glamour, Trend Tablet, Metropolis Magazine, Damn Magazine, HA Design         Magazine, Man Magazine and Core 77.
2018        Skógarnytjar published in; Metropolis Magazine, Damn Magazine, Irish Times, HA Design Magazine, Man Magazine and Iceland Review.
2018        Catch of the day featured in Vikan með Gísla Marteini on RÚV.
2018        Skógarnytjar featured in Menning on RÚV.
2018        Cargo published in Dezeen and HA Design Magazine.
2017        Cargo published on Design Indabaand in Verdure Engraved.
2017        The Commodity and Anti-Capitalist Designpublished in Mæna.
2016        Willow Project book published by Partus Press.
2016        Willow Project published on Dezeen, Frame Magazine no.111, HA Magazine no.3.
2016        Björn Steinar artist of the Issue of Reykjavík grapevine.
2016        Connective Collective: Local Production Pt.1published in NORD No.4.
2015        Just wood published in Hanna Magazine and Tímarit skógræktar Reykjavíkur.

Talks

2019        Talk at "Heimur úr Plasti" at the Icelandic Enviornmental Service.
2019        Lecture at department of Life- and Enviornmental Science at University of Iceland.
2018        Catch of the daytalk at Material 2018 in the Nordic House.
2018        Talk at Ueno Reykjavík about Catch of the day, Skógarnytjarand Cargo.
2018        Skógarnytjar introduction at Aðalfundur Skógareigenda in Hella.
2018        Cargo presented at DesignTalks in Harpa.
2018        “Islands / System” Lecture at Iceland Academy of the Arts.
2017        Cargo a part of the Antenna conference on Dutch Design Week organized by Design Indaba, World Design Eventand Dutch Design Week.
2016        Hugarflug talk; Willow Project and scientific design method.

Workshops

2019        Artifact workshop at Iceland Academy of the Arts.
2018        Plastic recycling workshop at Iceland University of the Arts.
2018        Participation in Design Match at Helsinki Design Week.
2018        Open Precious Plastic Reykjavík workshop on Reykjavík Culuture Night.
2018        Soap bubble workshop at Museum of Design and Applied Art Iceland
2018        Workshop on behalf of Precious Plasticin WAB Beijing.

Awards

2019        Catch of the day nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards.
2019        Catch of the day -  Project of the Year at Reykjavík Grapevine Design Awards.

Other

2019        Co-founder of Plastplan - recycling, design and enviornmental education company.
2018        Representative of Icelandic design in Design Diplomacy on Helsinki Design Week.
2018        Precious PlasticReykjavík opened in Skeifan.
2017        Internship at Precious Plastic / Dave Hakkens.



Björn Steinar is a product designer, currently based in Reykjavík. He 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, where no one is screwed over - neither people nor planets.

    Recent works include Catch of the day – fighting food waste by handcrafting vodka from dumpster dived fruits – followed by an open source distilling machine, Cargo – an explanation of the world condition from the standpoint of the steel shipping container and banana passport and last Skógarnytjar (e. Forest Utility) – 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.

Mark