Icelandic-inspired tiny dwellings ship flat-pack and sell for under $50K

February 2, 2018 by  
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“What would you do with 320 square feet?” That’s the question put forth by the adorable and affordable Plús Hús, an Icelandic-inspired tiny dwelling designed to pop up with ease in any backyard. Designed by Minarc , Plús Hús (Icelandic for “plus house”) is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) prefabricated at mnmMOD’s facility in downtown Los Angeles, shipped flat pack, and assembled with minimal waste. The Plús Hús can be delivered anywhere in the U.S. and pricing for the customizable units starts at $37,000. Measuring 16 feet by 20 feet, Plús Hús originated as a response to an amended Los Angeles law that expands usage options for ADUs installed in the backyards of single-family homes. Minarc was perfectly poised for the rollout given their design of the mnmMOD kit-of-parts prefabrication system that constructs energy-efficient homes out of custom-designed structurally insulated wall-panels. The tiny homes lend themselves to a wide variety of uses from Airbnb rental to home office. “Tryggvi and I have been developing our ADU product in anticipation of these regulatory changes for some time, and are beyond excited to introduce Plús Hús to the world,” says Minarc co-founder Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir. “The mnmMOD panel system is versatile, recyclable, and extremely energy efficient , and being from Iceland we pay very close attention to the relationships between nature, ourselves, and what we create. We are constantly looking for ways to do better, and using mnmMOD to create Plús Hús––a simple, efficient, multi-purposable structure that capitalizes on these recent law changes while minimizing wasted energy and environmental impact––makes perfect sense.” Related: These prefabricated mnmMOD wall panels could revolutionize the way we build There are currently three models of Plús Hús: the Plús Hús Open with three walls and a sliding door; the Plús Hús Open+ that comes with a bathroom; and the Plús Hús Full that includes a bathroom and kitchen. The use of mnmMOD’s highly efficient, no-wood prefab panel system ensures extremely high insulation value that minimizes energy usage. The unit is also completely recyclable at the end of its lifecycle. Pricing for the units ranges from $37,000 to $49,000 not including site prep, delivery, or installation. + Plús Hús

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Artist makes Dust Jewelry out of soil from abandoned Icelandic farms

June 28, 2016 by  
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Icelandic artist Ágústa Sveinsdóttir reminds us all of the transience of nature by crafting jewelry out of a simple material: dust. Collected from the soil of deserted farms in the Icelandic countryside, with time the Dust jewelry withers away, revealing a manmade structure — a sort of skeleton within — giving the bearer a chance to savour every moment of its life span. Using a biodegradable adhesive, dust is transformed into a jewel coating. It is a celebration of the fragile beauty that time and use impart to materials. + Dust Jewelry The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The Jónófón is a Flat Pack Paper and Wood Gramophone

May 21, 2012 by  
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Icelandic designer Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson has created a paper gramophone that actually plays records! Dubbed Jónófón, the biodegradable design is made from a thin plywood base and a paper horn, and it can be powered by a 9 Volt battery or an external power supply. Read the rest of The Jónófón is a Flat Pack Paper and Wood Gramophone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biodegradable materials , Emile Berliner , Flatpack , gramophone , green gadgets , green products , Icelandic design , Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson , Paper , recycling / compost , Wood

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