Contemporary Design

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in Contemporary Design MA program

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A large printed ARTEFAKTI presentational panel with artists' names and exhibition text
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The Making of ARTEFAKTI

The founding story of ARTEFAKTI - the annual CoDe graduation show
Header image of ”Contemporary Design In Context”
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An interview with the Faculty of Aalto University’s MA in Contemporary Design

The ARTEFAKTI Team sits down with the faculty of Aalto University’s Master’s in Contemporary Design to discuss the origins of the programme, students’ expansive outcomes, and the common values that underscore its teachings. We also talk about how we interpret contemporary design and the way it factors into the wider field of design.
Sofia Guridi pictured in a lab setting.
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Sofia Guridi is designing a better world with smart textiles

Sofia Guridi, a doctoral student at Aalto University’s Bioinnovation Center, wants to introduce bio-based smart textiles that help improve people’s everyday life.
Lasileipiä roikkumassa vartaassa
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Donor artwork was unveiled at the Väre Night Out stakeholder event

The power of creativity and sustainability brought together stakeholders, alumni, researchers and staff of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Latest Student Projects

Hands moving salt around on a black background
Contemporary Design

Reflective Practices

This 6 week long reflective practices course introduces critical and reflective approaches to design, which we consider to be an evolving, political and activist field. We look at different practices of critical design including speculative design, transition design, design activism and their theoretical and historical foundations. We also discuss how to use our agency as designers in line with our values and learn to incorporate new reflective practices into our work.
A notebook and curious object placed on a pedestal with a title saying ”DON'T AXE MY WHY”
Contemporary Design

DON’T AXE ME WHY by Unkown

Materials: Reindeer bone, porcelain
A square textile art piece in white, green and two different shades of blue
Contemporary Design

Halvvägs / Halfway by Vala Boucht

wool, mohair & synthetic blend yarns
A pink glass blown piece placed on a white pedestal, two black objects on each side
Contemporary Design

Yhteen hiileen by Sanni Havas

Finnish oak, mouth blown glass, microcontroller
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