CHEMARTS at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven (DDW) 22-30 October 2022

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Where: Strijp-S area, Klokgebouw | Hall 3, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
When: 22-30 October 2022

The exhibition consists of the CHEMARTS Cookbook and six experimental, bio-based material projects by Aalto University CHEMARTS students and alumni. The exhibition is curated by Anna van der Lei and Pirjo Kääriäinen. 

Designers from participating teams:

Sonja Dallyn, Aalto ARTS

Anastasiya Yurievna Grachova, exchange student at Aalto ARTS 

Iines Jakovlev, Aalto ARTS

Pia Johansson, Aalto ARTS 

Megan McGlynn, Artist & CHEMARTS alumna 

Satu Paavonsalo, Aalto ARTS

Irene Purasachit, Designer & CHEMARTS alumna

Valentin Schwarz, Aalto ARTS

More information of CHEMARTS and the exhibition at DDW:
Pirjo Kääriäinen / +358 50 381 0217
Anna van der Lei  /

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On the left: Hand holding a violet bioslime. On the right violet cellulose crumbs spread on a green paper.

CHEMARTS 10 years: Materialising the future – Materiaaleja tulevaisuuteen 8.-29.9.2021

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Where: Aalto University Campus, Väre 1st floor, FE lobby
When: 8.-29.9.2021

Materialising the Future – CHEMARTS 10 years exhibition is inspired by often asked questions related to bio-based materials, such as Why to recycle bio-based materials? Can bio-based materials replace plastics? Does it make sense to use trees as materials? These questions are addressed by 10 displays showing some fascinating samples of student work from the past years. The exhibition also includes photographs and publications from the past years visualising the evolution of CHEMARTS from the first idea in the autumn 2011 into various activities and research projects going on today. Tiny seeds of inspiration have grown into a versatile and international community of material enthusiasts.

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CHEMARTS in New York 14th to 16th of Nov 2019

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Where: The New School, New York, NY, USA
When: 14.-15.11.2019

Professors Pirjo Kääriäinen and Tapani Vuorinen from Aalto CHEMARTS and professor Julia Lohmann from DoD have been invited to give talks at ‘Material Health: Design Frontiers’ symposium organised at The New School, New York NY 14.-15.11.2019. See program.


In collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York FCINY, Pirjo Kääriäinen and Tapani Vuorinen will also lead a creative mini workshop with nanocellulose painting 16.11.2109 at FCINY.

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

More information of CHEMARTS and exhibition at Veem:
Pirjo Kääriäinen / +358 50 381 0217
Anna van der Lei  /
Anna-Mari Leppisaari /

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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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