Established in 1999, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson’s award-winning studio Minarc derive inspiration from the unassuming, almost austere beauty and otherworldly natural features of their native Iceland—the land of fire and ice. Trailblazers in the creative minimalism movement, the duo continue to craft spaces that not only bring the outdoors in but inspire intentional living and conscious lifestyles. With a focus on a holistic, environmentally aware approach, Minarc has developed a prefabricated panel system mnmMOD to replace traditional wood framing as well as a tiny affordable prefab dwelling called Plús Hús.
Embrace contemporary design and employ innovative materials and technology.
Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards for Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir; World Travel Award for Iceland’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Ion Adventure Hotel
Showcased at art exhibitions such as The Istanbul Design Biennial and the Architecture & Design Museum Groundswell in L.A. and Santa Monica.
Our daughters, daily life, the ocean, music, and nature.
We often say that we are glad we are not brain surgeons as our vision is endlessly evolving and our minds are constantly changing based on new technology and to keep it as sustainable and functional as possible each time.
One that we have not yet imagined, and our dream project would always, always leave us with happy clients.
The news. Unfortunately, the current state of the world has us feeling a wide range of emotions. Between Covid-19, California wildfires, riots, and more–we are looking forward to brighter days ahead.
Changing the way buildings are built is always top of mind. mnmMOD, our prefabricated building panel system, was thoughtfully developed in reaction to the limitations and risks inherent in traditional wood framing. They are simpler to build with, more durable, more energy efficient, less waste, and far better for your health than a traditional wood construction. They also cost less in energy bills and maintenance since the panels don’t catch mold or support fire, which of course, is crucial right now for our planet, especially living in California, we very much understand that climate change is real, and it is here. We must all strive to build smarter and do better.
Our duty and responsibility as designers is to constantly strive to be better, do more. With this in mind, it is so important to us to be producing sustainable products that leave a beneficial impact on the environment and we are constantly striving to enhance the future of our planet through intelligent design. Form follows function. Most recently, we created our ReFlow, a simple design focused on sustainability and functionality–repurposing the greywater from washing your hands to flush the toilet. This gives the opportunity of using only one plumbing system as well as the continuous conservation of water.
Project images courtesy Art Gray