Spiritualism, Craft and Waste is a series of projects realized by graduating students from the Product Design Department of Iceland Academy of the Art.

The collection originates from a study of the contemporary role of the designer. It is a redefinition and revitalization of modern values: instead of focusing solely on the making of commercial merchandise, designers should start to question the impact of their work on other living systems. It is vital to be aware of the transformation of matter from the origin to the end. Emphasis is put on the question why rather then how? This base is then reflected again and again in different points of contact with the various processes of design.

FlyFactory by Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, an ecological food production concept with black soldier flies as the main component. It is a total utilization of the black soldier fly as food and soil producer.



According to the designer,

The larvae become rich in fat and protein, which then can be harvested for human consumption. They also produce a clean and nutrient-rich soil, which is subsequently drained into compost canisters and then used for vegetable, fruit and spice production. Finally, heat generated by refrigerators that are used for larvae sausage preparation and storage will be employed as a thermal source to maintain the humidity and temperature of the flies’ environment.



Larvae are similar to meat when it comes to protein, fat and nutrients, but larvae need 5 to 10 times less feed to produce the same amount of growth. Larvae (insect in general) are also very resourceful when it comes to feeding, as they are able to digest almost any biomass available in the natural environment. Suggesting that insects can be a strong resource in the search for ecofriendly methods of farming and producing protein rich foods.



This illuminates the importance of a sustainable process in which we are made aware of the integrated steps in a production chain. It also illustrates the potential of insect farming as a future food and/or feed source. Inspired by the UN proposals of finding new ecological food sources for the western world.


This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Course leaders: Garðar Eyjólfsson and Thomas Pausz
Images courtesy of the designer