CHEMARTS

CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses.

The main objective is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials. CHEMARTS consists of various actions, such as multidisciplinary study courses, summer projects for Masters’ students and externally funded research projects.


CHEMARTS at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven (DDW) 19.-27.10.2019

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Where: Veem | Floor 3 | Strijp-S | Torenallee 80, 5617 BE Eindhoven, The Netherlands
When: 19.-27.10.2019

Aalto University CHEMARTS is presented for the first time at DDW, the most important international design event showcasing new material-related projects. The CHEMARTS exhibition consist of six concepts that are the result of research conducted into new wood- and cellulose-based materials by students, researchers, lecturers and professors from Aalto University. The exhibited projects are all-cellulose composites with dyers’ Woad, Ioncell textile fibre, structural colour, tomato waste, biodegradable 3D shapes, and nanocellulose mixed with feathers. CHEMARTS has been selected for DDW Bio-design route, and professor Pirjo Kääriäinen will give a talk at DDW talks on 23.10.

In circular economy materials are not only reused or recycled; they are merely stored in products, and used again and again. When designers and scientists join forces already in early stages of materials research, new plant-based materials can be designed and developed for these closed-loop systems. 

CHEMARTS is based on continuous and inspiring collaboration between design, fashion and scientific material research at the Aalto University, Finland, since 2012.

Designers from participating teams:

Anna van der Lei & Anna-Mari Leppisaari : Layers of Blue 

Anna Semi : Knits from Wood
Megan McGlynn : In Tension
Meri-Tuuli Porras : To-Matter
Noora Yau : Shimmering Wood
Sini West : Plumology

https://www.ddw.nl/en/programme/1705/chemarts

https://www.ddw.nl/en/routes/319/bio-design-route


More information of CHEMARTS and exhibition at Veem:
Pirjo Kääriäinen / pirjo.kaariainen@aalto.fi +358 50 381 0217
Anna van der Lei  / anna.van.der.lei@aalto.fi
Anna-Mari Leppisaari / anna-mari.leppisaari@aalto.fi

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EXHIBITION: ChemArtsing with Bio-based Materials – Results from Summer School 2019, 4.-26.9.2019

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Where: Aalto University, Harald Herlin Learning Centre (Otaniementie 9), Espoo, Finland, as a part of Helsinki Design Week Designs for a Cooler Planet event.
When: 5.-26.9.2019, Mon-Thu 8am to 9pm, Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 3pm. (Vernissage 4.9. 5pm)
Free entry

The aim of CHEMARTS is to inspire designers and material researchers to explore bio-based materials for novel material solutions and their innovative applications. The CHEMARTS philosophy is based on sustainability, with the focus being on renewable raw materials, the utilization of side streams and waste, and the creation of biodegradable and/or recyclable materials.

The interdisciplinary CHEMARTS Summer School has been organized since 2012 for Aalto University students. The course focuses on hands-on material experimentations, and students are encouraged to explore topics they are personally interested in. As part of the course, the results are annually documented in a catalogue and displayed in an exhibition designed by the participants.

This year, the overall theme of the Summer School was ‘Value from plant residues’. Some students worked within the theme; some decided to have other approaches. This exhibition showcases the student’s ideas, processes and the most interesting experiments.

CHEMARTS, established in 2012, is a strategic collaboration in education and research between the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Chemical Engineering.

* During September, Aalto University’s unique Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble will introduce solutions that support more sustainable lifestyles. Otaniemi galleries present ten multidisciplinary exhibitions at which we can learn about future cruisers, furniture made of construction waste, ecological textiles, products made of new materials, participatory development of a city district as well as Finland’s exhibition from the Venice Biennial curated by Aalto.*

 

 

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ChemArts exhibiting at Lepaa 15.-17.8.2019

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Where: Lepaa, Finland
When: 15.-17.8.2019

Aalto ChemArts summer school 2019 students material explorations at the Lepaa exhibition. Presented projects utilised side streams such as tomato stems or coffee grains mixed with cellulose, music made by nature and many more.

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MA THESIS: Hydrophobic & sustainable sportswear by Matilda Tuure

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Read the full story HERE.

In her master thesis, Matilda Tuure, a recent graduate from Aalto’s MA programme Fashion, Collection and Textile Design, explored new dimensions for non-toxic and hydrophobic finishings for textiles used in outdoor sports.

The end result is a delicate collection of 4 outdoor anoraks produced at Aalto University and knitwear in collaboration with Santoni Shanghai.

 

Photo: Juha Arvid Helminen

 

Photos: Valeria Azovskaya

EXHIBITION: From Nature to Future at Finavia Helsinki Airport 11.1.-31.12.2018

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Where: Finavia Helsinki Airport
When: 11.1.-31.12.2018

Design students from Aalto University took the challenge to imagine a more sustainable future by developing their own biomaterials. Altogether 22 students used renewable raw materials like wood-based cellulose, food waste, feathers and plants. Those materials were collected, foraged and scavenged to inspire novel product ideas for a more hopeful future.

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EXHIBITION: CHEMARTS Summer School at Habitare 17

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Where: Habitare Fair 2017 , Block Area
When: 13. -17.09.2017

Aalto-yliopiston CHEMARTS  yhdistää biomateriaalien tutkimuksen ja muotoilun. Yhteistyön tärkein tavoite on innostaa eri alojen opiskelijat ja tutkijat kehittämään uusia ideoita liittyen selluloosan ja  muiden biomateriaalien hyödyntämiseen. Kesällä 2017 opiskelijoiden materiaaleina olivat mm. pajunkuori, kuusenkuori, sahajauho, maa-aines, järviruoko, nanoselluloosa ja selluloosa-asetaatti. Materiaalikokeiluiden pohjalta opiskelijat kehittivät kestävän kehityksen huomioivia tuoteideoita ja konsepteja.

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Exhibition: CHEMARTS collaboration and DWoC research project participating in NAKUNA at Milan Design Week 4.-9.4.2017

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Milan Design Week 4.-9.4.2017.
Circolo Filologico
Via Clerici 10
Brera, Milan

CHEMARTS collaboration and DWoC research project will be part of the NAKUNA exhibition organized by Aalto University Department of Design.

Designing Biomaterials for the Future

CHEMARTS is a long-term collaboration since 2011 between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Engineering and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture. CHEMARTS courses and other activities focus on biomaterials, especially on wood-based cellulose. The main aim is to inspire future designers and material scientists to work together, and to create new ideas and materials based on sustainability. Read More

Exhibition: New Biomateriality Lab in Enter and Encounter 24.3.–22.10.2017, Designmuseum

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What: The New Biomateriality Lab presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects. The exhibition is coordinated by Aalto University’s CHEMARTS collaboration and participating projects are DWoC, NoMa, Hiilinielu Designstudio and Trash2Cash. The main partners are Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technical University of Tampere, Universities of Applied Sciences in Lahti and Tampere, University of Vaasa and Design Forum Finland, in collaboration with various companies, funded by Tekes and EU. Read More

Exhibition & Seminars: Designing Cellulose for the Future II 16.-20.5.2016, Arabia

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Exhibition on the 16th – 20th of May, at 8 – 16, Aalto ARTS, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Seminars on the 18th – 19th of May 2016, Sampo hall, Aalto ARTS, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Cost: Free

Welcome: All Aalto Students and Staff + external visitors

Event invitation: Designing cellulose for the future II.pdf

Registration latest by 6.5.2016: http://events.vtt.fi/designing-cellulose

If you are interested in presenting your novel innovative cellulose based products at the event, read more: http://goo.gl/forms/0FruChyTXy

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Cover photos: Eeva Suorlahti