Contemporary Design

Lecturer Nathalie Lautenbacher

Lecturer Nathalie Lautenbacher
Nathalie Lautenbacher in her studio
Nathalie Lautenbacher

French-Finnish ceramist and designer Nathalie Lautenbacher has worked in Aalto University as lecturer in Design since 2001. She teaches a variety of courses both in BA and MA levels encouraging students to hands-on, material inspired studies in studio work. Many of the projects run by her deal with food culture and the tabletop.
Lautenbacher runs her own studio focusing on small scale production of tableware as well as unique ceramic art and installation works. She shows actively her works via national and international projects and exhibitions.


Workshop table full of tools for working with plaster and clay

Ceramic Laboratory

The course is studio-based and includes the practical realization of an experimental art or design project in ceramics. The theme and standpoint changes yearly: from artifacts to surface design, from material research to exploring one´s artistic expression, and others. The assessment starts with gathering research material in pairs. The final brief is processed individually. It starts by sketching and presenting the concept ideas, proceeding to studio work, and resulting in the making of prototypes or material experiments from ceramics. The concept development, designing, readings, and evaluation are processed theoretically in project seminars, where ideas, working methods as well as chosen solutions are discussed. The module ends up with a small exhibition presenting the results.

Contemporary Design
STEPS. Floor tiles. Caspar Åkerblom and Liisa Vuorenpää. Material: stained stoneware and engobe

Product Design in Ceramics

The practical realization of a design project in ceramics, the theme of which changes yearly: from tabletop to surface design and others. The task is to design small scale utilitarian objects.

Contemporary Design

Latest publications

The possibilities of geopolymers for greener studio ceramics

Johannes Kaarakainen, Priska Falin, Luis Huaman, Maarit Mäkelä, Nathalie Lautenbacher 2023 Proceedings of Nordes 2023: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Rules of Play

Nathalie Lautenbacher 2023

ARTEFAKTI (curation)

Simo Puintila, Anna van der Lei , Nathalie Lautenbacher 2023

Direct CO2 capture by alkali-dissolved cellulose and sequestration in building materials and artificial reef structures

Guillermo Reyes, Mabel Vega-Coloma, Anna Antonova, Rubina Ajdary, Solene Jonveaux, Colleen Flanigan, Nathalie Lautenbacher, Orlando J. Rojas 2023 Advanced Materials


Nathalie Lautenbacher 2022

Hidden - Aistien muodot (Satelliittinäyttely)

Nathalie Lautenbacher, Naoto Niidome 2022

Hidden: Forms of the Senses

Nathalie Lautenbacher 2022

IAC Members' Best Exhibition

Nathalie Lautenbacher 2022

Kaiku: Nathalie Lautenbacher & Naoto Niidome Exhibition

Nathalie Lautenbacher, Naoto Niidome 2022
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