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

By October 21, 2022Exhibitions, News

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  /


Intension is an experimental design project that combines areas of sculpture, chemistry, and sustainability. It is centred around the interaction of two renewable materials: bioplastic (PLA) and nanocellulose. Shrinkage is an intrinsic quality of drying cellulosic materials. When water evaporates from nanocellulose, the fibrils are pulled tightly together and form strong chemical bonds. Encasing various shapes between layers of nanocellulose creates tension in specific directions and produces self-forming curvatures. 

Megan Mc Glynn, Artist & CHEMARTS alumna

Lignin as colorant

Lignin is one of the three main components of wood. Could the deep brown color of lignin be used in the textile industry in the future? In this project design student Pia Johansson is exploring how the limited color palette based on lignin and some other natural dyes can be used to create woven and printed textiles. In addition to beautiful colors ranging from light beige to darker brown the textiles have good fastness to washing and rubbing. The project is part of the Biocolour research project.

Pia Johansson, Aalto ARTS

Bio Bubble Wrap

This experimental bio-based material is made from cellulose, and it aims to imitate and act as an alternative to plastic bubble wrap that is widely used in packaging. Therefore, the material is flexible and provides cushioning due to the air bubbles within the material. Moreover, one side of the material is slightly sticky, allowing the material to reversibly attach to materials such as glass. As the material is 100% biodegradable, Bio Bubble Wrap could provide a sustainable solution for replacing plastic bubble wrap as a packaging material that is often discarded after one use. 

Bio Bubble Wrap is a proof-of-concept from an ongoing project, initiated during the Nordic Biomaterials with CHEMARTS course organized at Aalto University in summer 2022. 

Team: Satu Paavonsalo, Aalto ARTS & Valentin Schwarz, Aalto ARTS

Bio-(floral) Foam

Floral foam is widely used in modern floral arrangements. The current foam available in the market is phenol-formaldehyde foam which is essentially an oil-based material with several toxic chemicals. This Bio-(floral) Foam is made of 100% fiber from flower stem (mainly carnation and iris). The material aims to simulate and act as an alternative for floral foam. Therefore, it has the properties to absorb and retain water together with the ability to hold flowers. The material is biodegradable, contains no oil-based ingredient or additive, is made of 100% flower waste and is microplastic-free.

Irene Purasachit, Designer & CHEMARTS alumna 

Get Dirty with Soap!

The project explores the idea of printing a colored soap layer directly onto textile hygiene wipes, creating a hygienic hand washing experience. The pine soap printing mixture was enhanced with a natural dye made from spruce bark extract, known for its antibacterial properties. As the wipe foams, the soap colour gradually fades, thus encouraging the user to wash their hands for a longer time. The printing mixture can be used with various printing methods, such as silkscreen, to design vanishing patterns and pictures entirely from soap. The project is part of a study project with Suominen Corporation. 

Team: Sonja Dallyn, Aalto ARTS and Anastasiya Yurievna Grachova, exchange student at Aalto ARTS 

Foraged Fibers

In this project design student Iines experimented with uncommon but inspiring fiber sources such as willowherb, dandelion and common reed which she harvested from Finnish nature. She studied bast fibers, leaf fibers and seed-hair from plants by extracting them by tearing, soaking and cooking, and handspun them into experimental yarns. 

Iines Jakovlev, Aalto ARTS 

The CHEMARTS Cookbook

Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts.

The CHEMARTS Cookbook offers both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with wood-based materials.

Team: Pirjo Kääriäinen, Nina Riutta, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen