The project „Lupine in review - fibers of the future“

which was funded by Technology Development Fund of Iceland, is now finished and has been achieved. The goal of the project was to study and develop fiber materials derived from the alaskalupine, to produce an environmentally sustainable and food safe packaging. Tests were also carried out on fiberboards made of lupine, in the field of building materials.

The results of the project show that it is possible to work e.g. food packaging or building materials from sustainable underutilized raw materials of alaskalupine. It is safe to say that the development of decomposition methods has been successful and chemical research has confirmed them.

The next steps are to continue developing the fiber material for food packaging and to test it for different types of food, e.g. vegetables.

DesignMarch Value of materials

was held the 19th. -23th. of may this year. Efnasmiðjan opened their studio space at Tunguháls 6, and the Lupine project was presented at the exhibition; Value of materials.

Matís news feed

Lupine project - fibres of the furure, and Matís - Innovation in Food Production, Biotech and Food Safety. Cooperation project, funded by Technology Development Fund.

TV program “Landinn”

The Lupine project was presented by Halla Ólafsdóttir in the TV program “Landinn” on RUV. Interviewing the designers Inga and Elín, providing a peek into the process of making lupine fiber material. Thank you Halla, for your interest in our project.

Then what? The built environment and global warming

The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture. At DesignMarch 2020, The Association of Icelandic Architects, The Association of Icelandic Landscape Architects and Green Building Council Iceland united and held an exhibition about the future of the built environment. The Lupine Project was one of the participants. Thank you, Icelandic Architects, for the invite.

Lupine in review - fibers of the future.

Efnasmiðjan in cooperation with Matís, has recieved a grant from the Technology Development Fund. The project is a research on developing fiber material from the lupine plant, into sustainable material for packaging and building material.

In landscape

Svavarssafn Art Museum´s winter exhibition. 06.11.2019-06.03.2020. A landscape gives a picture of a life that has taken place, is taking place and can even give a glimpse into the future.
Art work by:
Ásgrímur Jónsson, Efnasmiðjan; Elín Sigríður Harðardóttir og Inga Kristín Guðlaugsdóttir, Einar Þorsteinn Ásgeirsson, Guðmundur Einarsson, Jón Þorleifsson, Sara Björg Bjarnadóttir, Svavar Guðnason, Sigurður Einarsson og Thomas Pausz.

Mæna 2019

Mæna is a magazine about design and architecture, it is beeing published and designed of third year students in graphic design at the department of design and architecture at The Iceland University of The Arts. The Lupine Project is one of the subjects in the 2019 issue.

Five materials that could help us design a more sustainable future

Designer Seetal Solanki has released a book exploring natural and manmade materials that could be used to reduce human impact on the planet. In a Dezeen exclusive, she picks out five of the most innovative examples. The lupine material is one of the five examples.

Why Materials Matter  

Responsible Design for a Better World by Seetal Solanki. What does it mean to live in a material world? This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. The Lupine Project is one of the projects in this book.

Designing for the Future

On June 13, The Nordic House. A seminar on current trends and concepts in interior design.
The Lupine Project was invited on behalf of the Iceland University of the Arts.


The Lupine Project was in HA, Magazine on Icelandic design and arcitecture, this spring.


Annual Conference

on Integrating research into undergraduate learning was held by Rannis, at Reykjavik University in May. The Lupine Project was one of the Icelandic examples to be introduced.

DesignMars 2018 at LHÍ.
Matis X LHÍ Food Design and Food Venture Creation

All the universities in Iceland introduced their study programmes on 3.mars 2018. The Lupine Project was displayed at The Iceland Academy of the Arts.

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