Contemporary Design

Glass Challenge

On the course students approach glass as an artist's/designer’s medium and investigate hands-on its material, conceptual and expressive possibilities. Depending on the yearly changing theme, the course highlights process, artistic sensibilities or social and environmental responsibility incorporating design, sculpture, architecture and/or craft. Students refine their ability to think and communicate through a multifaceted medium and seek a personal approach to the material and its aesthetics.

The task is to design and realise conceptual or utilitarian artefact(s) using glass as the core material. The assessment starts from doing background research, sketching and presenting the concept ideas and then proceeding to hands-on studio work and resulting in the making of the actual piece(s) in glass. The concept development, designing and evaluation are processed theoretically in project seminars.
Glass Challenge 2018
Glass Lake by Jaea Chang
Lecturer Anna van der Lei


Chiao-Wen Hsu: Eaten Water Photo Anne Kinnunen

Fragile Water exhibition highlights vulnerability of water resources

Water resources are limited and vulnerable in many places in the world. Design students and water researchers joined forces to visualise sustainable water solutions in the Fragile Water exhibition.



Iines Jakovlev: Hidden Lake Photo: Anne Kinnunen

Fragile Water design exhibition at Helsinki Airport 31.1. - 31.12.2019

The exhibition Fragile Water brings attention to our use of water.

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