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The gallery of the Department of Design.
Emma Saarnio ja Helmi Liikanen

DIALOGUES – Creating New Textile Futures exhibition in Dipoli Gallery

The exhibition features research projects and student works related to textiles at Aalto University.

An illustrated book with model wearing summery outfit lays on colourful textiles surface

What will we be wearing in the future?

Aalto University has been invited to showcase its sustainable textile and fashion solutions at the European Parliament in Brussels.

A hand holding green purse on top of a green dress

New T-REX Project launches to drive closed-loop sorting and recycling of household textile waste across the EU

Aalto University is part of a consortium that has launched an innovative European Union (EU) funded project to create a circular system for post-consumer textile waste.

Textile waste. Photo: Shutterstock

Aalto's strong textile expertise showcased at New York Textile Month event

DIALOGUES event in New York 2–6 November reimagines the landscape of tomorrow’s textiles and fashion

Two hands hold a green textiles surface surrounded by rich green nature all around

Aalto University’s pedagogy in textiles studies relies on ‘textile thinking’

"Interwoven - Exploring Materials and Structures" by Professor Maarit Salolainen is a thorough overview of the textile design pedagogy at Aalto University

Interwoven-kirjan aukeama kreppisidoksesta.

Natalia Särmäkari: ‘Digital fashion is changing the ideals of designership’

Särmäkari explores how the role of the fashion designer is changing with the digital fashion boom

Tummatukkainen nainen hymyilee, taustalla taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun tiloja

Jenny Hytönen wins the Hyères International Fashion Competition

In addition to the main prize the unisex collection won also the audience prize

Näytös21-voittaja Jenny Hytösen mallisto yhdistää kristalleilla kirjailtuja, läpinäkyviä verkkokankaita ja vahvasti niititettyä nahkaa.

Lab-grown pigments and food by-products: The future of natural textile dyes

As the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries becomes clearer, the demand and need for sustainable alternatives is growing. One international research group aims to replace toxic synthetic dyes with natural alternatives, ranging from plants to microbes to food waste.

Woman touching a long-sleeved Marimekko Unikko shirt on display

Professor Julia Valle Noronha: ‘Fashion can be a major force in change’

Meet our new professors: Professor in Fashion Design, Julia Valle Noronha

Professor in Fashion Design Julia Valle Noronha_Aalto ARTS

Interwoven dives into textile design and weaving

Interwoven is a joyoys exploration into woven textile design with almost 500 pages and over 1500 photographs.

Interwoven-kirjan harmaansävyinen kansi, jossa on kuparilankainen kudos.

An eco-filling to replace down

A hundred years ago, cattail fluff was used as life vest filling – now a Finnish company wants the eco-friendly material for pillows and winter coats.

Höytyvällä täytetty tyyny ja naisen käsi sen vieressä.

What is the future of digital textile printing? 

Technological developments are opening up new possibilities for textile printing.

Erilaisia värikkäitä digitaalisesti tulostettuja tekstiilikuoseja lomittain vaalealla tasolla

Fashion designer, photographer and band join forces to create a magical summer utopia

Fashion designer Justus Kantakoski and photographer Mortti Saarnia, were nominated for an EMMA Award this year for a music video for Suistamon Sähkö.

four band members posing on a small stage in colourful and shiny clothes

PatternLab set an all-time sales record

The pattern design project's latest sales mark the highest sales record in history. The course with a strong brand will also be renewed.

PatternLab2022-kurssi myi ennätykselliset 92 kuosia

Aalto fashion graduate Boram Yoo wins Designers' Nest Award

Also BA fashion student Leevi Ikäheimo wins a prize at the fashion competition 2022.

Aalto fashion design student Boram Yoo is the Designers' Nest Award winner 2022

’It is important to identify and bring together the accumulated user knowledge'

In our series ‘I claim’, Kaisa Savolainen talks about the utilization of customer information in organizations.

Mina vaitan_sarja_ARTS_Kaisa_Savolainen_kuva_Jaana Monone

Sun-powered Textiles - Textile solar cell modules for energy harvesting in wearables

The research results of the Sun-powered Textiles project will be presented

Solar cells and textiles to be combined for energy harvesting in textile wearables

Idaliina Friman is the Young Designer of the Year 2021

The winning collection was created from recycled and surplus materials.

Idaliina_Friman_Vuoden nuori suunnittelija 2021_1_kuva_Sofia Okkonen

They changed Finnish fashion in the 2020’s

”Intimacy” exhibition at Helsinki Designmuseum presents 40 designers and companies at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion.

Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical outfit (2020). Photo: Mika Kailes

Idaliina Friman is the winner of the Designers’ Nest competition

The visually impressive collection made versatile use of recycled material.

Muotinäytöksen malleja kävelee kohti kameraa muhkeissa vaaleanharmaan ja sinisen sävyisissä asuissa

Towards interfaces that distinguish user’s visual attention

Dissertation of the Month: What if interfaces we use are able to distinguish whether we are looking at them or not, and change their behavior accordingly?

taidemaalauksesta poimittu yksityiskohta ihmisen silmästä on rajattu ympyräksi oranssilla pohjalla

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design student Elisa Defossez won the Materials Innovation prize at at NextGen Awards Première Vision

Elisa Defossez entered the competition with her Master’s Thesis Project Nukumori – Surfaces of coziness.

NUKUMORI textile collection by Elisa Defossez

Young Designer of the Year 2020 Ervin Latimer wants to highlight minorities

Latimer’s winning work draws on drag culture. Outfits play with the sexes and are adaptable.

vaatemallit seisovat metsän keskellä ja katsovat kameraan

A sculpture or a garment? Designers’ Nest Exhibition Prize winner Amina Saada’s concept exhibited in Denmark

Amina Saada’s work Red Bride is now featured in the exhibition Absent Bodies at Designmuseum Danmark.

Amina Saada, Red Bride, Designers Nest. Photo Alexander Höllsberg

The story of a fabric

Matilda Palmu, who will graduate from the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design master's programme in autumn 2020, describes her artistic process.

Matilda Palmu's Exhibition poster

Winning service concept to bring better healthcare for Roma people

Team No Pressure from Aalto University won 2nd place at the international Student Service Design Challenge 2020.

Student Service Design Challenge 2020 -kilpailussa toiseksi sijoittunut Aallon opiskelijaryhmä hymyilee kuvassa

Designs for a Cooler Planet: ‘The Race’ theme calls for action

Collaboration between designers, researchers and stakeholders can lead to better solutions for society and the environment.

Väreen aulaan on pystytetty näyttely, jonka rakenteiden alla voi kulkea: kattorakenteesta roikkuu kasveja ja julisteita

Cumulus GREEN 2020 competition sought for solutions on sustainability and circular economy

Amongst the honourable mentions is the Oryza Collective by Talisa Dwiyani and Alexia Venot.

kuvassa on erilaisia kokeiluja riisijätteestä: kasoja, nippuja, tilkkuja, kankaita ja ruukku,

The CHEMARTS Cookbook

Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts

CHEMARTS Cookbook for material enthusiasts. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

A smart jumpsuit provides information on infants’ movement and development

A new innovation by University of Helsinki and Aalto University makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children’s spontaneous movement in the natural environment.

lapsi älypotkupuvussa kuva: sampsa vanhatalo / helsingin yliopisto

Aalto University’s fashion and textile know-how acknowledged in Finland and internationally

Aalto takes home two prizes at the Fashion Finland Gala and ranks third at CEO World Magazine fashion school listing

Näytös19. Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Research project CreaTures seeks to further the sustainability agenda with creativity

The transdisciplinary project highlights how the arts can contribute to addressing climate change and associated effects. The project aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change.

people sitting on sofas with laptops

Students develop tools for Helsinki to evaluate the impact of design

Aalto University’s Department of Design and the City of Helsinki initiated collaboration last spring to evaluate the impact of the City's design activities. The evaluation represents the first extensive survey of the City’s design projects and the benefits and challenges of those projects.

Strategid Co-Design -kurssin opiskelijat tekivät ratkaisuehdotuksia Helsingin kaupungin muotoilutoiminnan vaikuttavuuden arvioimiseksi.

Small tech companies meet summer design school: reveals a great potential for customer-driven success stories

Companies around the world use design to grow their business. The three-year research project looks for ways to speed up the transformation of small businesses to become more design-driven. The first year has already given great results.

Design students Christopher Gros and Molly Balcom Raleigh worked on a brand refresh at Tume, and and studied how farmers express the pride in their work.

Internship in Japan: Working as an Industrial Designer at Mitsubishi Electric

Janne Pärssinen, a master student in Industrial Design, is delighted he had influence on the projects as an intern.

Janne Pärssinen seisoo Mitsubishi Electronicin rakennuksen edessä Japanissa.

Pattern Lab 20 designers present new collection in Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt 7–10 January

Pattern Lab has an impressive history of more than twenty years of selling successful designs to Scandinavian and international markets. A number of today’s top textile designers in Finland are Pattern Lab alumni.

project group with men and women in black and white

In search of more sustainable innovation and design

Industrial designer, Academy Fellow Researcher Andrea Botero Cabrera is interested in unconventional spaces where innovation and collaboration happen, that are not recognized as such.

Andrea Botero Cabrera, kuva: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto-yliopisto

Aalto University presents six concepts on renewable biomaterials at Dutch Design Week

CHEMARTS exhibition showcases fascinating recyclable prototypes which are toxic-free, recyclable and don't release micro-plastics.

Shimmering Wood-based Structural Colour by Noora Yau. Photo Eeva Suorlahti

Aalto University’s fashion studies are enhanced by a strong expertise in textiles

Combining artistic and technical design expertise in teaching is a unique concept worldwide.

Leonardo Hidalgo Uribe: Stories from cold and warm lands

Breaking the chain of vulnerability

How empathy, close listening and design thinking enable Claudia Garduño and the AaltoLAB Mexico to find the most urgent problems in an indigenous community.

Kuva: Sanna Lehto

Aalto University fashion students to reveal their sustainable visions for the future

From recycled materials to Ioncell fabric, Aalto fashion design will light up the Fashion Meets Sustainability event in Paris

Semi Ilmonen Lampinen Aalto University

Fireworks filled the catwalk in Näytös19

Ines Kalliala won the Näytös19 Award. In the Aalto fashion students’ fashion show also Alexander Luonto, Justus Kantakoski and working group Elina Heilanen, Aleksandra Hellberg, Camilla Naukkarinen and Noora Vihervirta were awarded.

Näytös19. Kuva: Guillaume Roujas

Master's degree student in fashion Emilia Kuurila designed formal wear for Espoo’s female bishop

Kaisamari Hintikka was ordained as a bishop on 10 February at the Espoo Cathedral wearing elegant and modern bishop’s clothing.

Espoon uuden piispan virka-asun on suunnitellut muodin maisteriopiskelija Emilia Kuurila. kuva: Markku Pihlaja

Maria Punkkinen succeeded in the Future Lights in Ceramics competition

Contemporary Design master student Maria Punkkinen is one of the six winners in the European ceramics competition. The theme of the competition was Go Green - Ceramics and the Environment.

Photo: Noora Karjalainen

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition in Ljubljana

The touring exhibition will open in its sixth venue in Ljubljana next week.

Saija Halko, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Tuuli Saarelainen: Spirit of the place, 2016. Photo by Chikako Harada.
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The New Children’s Hospital’s new liturgical textiles represent a modern take on an ancient art form

The liturgical textiles of the New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki were created as a master’s thesis by Terhi Laine,at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and were woven by Lapuan Kankurit.

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Jenni Haukio’s Independence Day gown sets the stage for Finland’s next 100 years

Designed by Aalto students Emma Saarnio and Helmi Liikanen, the dress evokes nature with exquisite materiality and minimalist lines

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Environmental issues get form by ceramic art

Finnish ceramic artists visualise land contamination in Venice research pavilion.

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Näytös18, Henna Lampinen, BA graduate collection

Näytös18, Henna Lampinen, BA graduate collection, photo Guillaume Roujas

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Tekstiili näyttely Kaapelitehtaalla

TEKSTIILI18

Tekstiili18 exhibition showcased the versatility and artistry of textile design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

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Series Things I Saw, Maria Punkkinen

24 VASES in 24 DAYS

Design students produced a unique collection of ceramic vases for Aalto University Executive Education.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, PatternLab18

PatternLab18

Patternlab aims to create a broad, professional pattern collection. The year long project gives students the possibility to design and coordinate patterns for different purposes.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, NAKUNA

NAKUNA

The NAKUNA exhibition brought experimental design by Aalto University students to the Milan Design Week. Photo Valentina Caselini.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Lontoossa avattu suomalainen sauna

Finnish sauna

Students designed a rooftop sauna in the centre of London.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Näytös

Näytös

Näytös is an annual fashion show for students majoring in fashion and the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design Degree Programme.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Coca-Cola korit

Coca-Cola cases

Design students at Aalto University accepted a challenge and imagined a new future for 2 000 plastic Coca-Cola cases.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Nirvana-näyttely

Nirvana exhibition

The exhibition of works by students showcases twelve colourful chairs that have been given impressive, bright shiny colours. Clymene chair: Mindele Grant, photo: Chikako Harada

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, PatternLab 17

PatternLab 17

Pattern Lab is annually recurring textile and surface design project at Aalto ARTS.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, kuva: IKEA Suomi

Fotoni light installation

For the Lux Helsinki light festival.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Cumulus konferenssi: Bang Jeon Leen esitys

Cumulus conference

Cumulus conference at the Hong Kong Institute. Bang Jeon Lee's presentation Learning in Role Playing.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, kuva: Eeva Suorlahti

Print and textile design

A design project held for a second time brought H&M designers to guide students in producing print and textile collections.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Näytös

Näytös

Näytös is an annual fashion show for students majoring in fashion.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Kivi – Erin Turkoglu. Kuvaaja: Chikako Harada.

Kivi

Kivi, Erin Turkoglu.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Under Bar Himmel

Under Bar Himmel

Viuhka chair. Design Maria Riskilä, photo: Chikako Harada.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Biomuovi, Hala Menassa ja Hélène Lacombe

Bioplastic

Bioplastic, Hala Menassa and Hélène Lacombe.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Näytös16. Kuvaaja: Mikko Raskinen.

Näytös16

Näytös is an annual fashion show for students majoring in fashion.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Luomo-näyttely. Aava-valaisin, design: Laura Väre.

Luomo

Aava lamp, Laura Väre.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Youth Fashion Summit

Youth Fashion Summit

Kööpenhamina, Kuvaaja, Gianluca Mazzarolo.

Muotoilun laitos
Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Rautatietorin valaistussuunnitelma Iina-Karoliina Välilä

Railway Square lighting

Railway Square lighting plan Iina-Karoliina Välilä.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Pattern Lab

Pattern Lab

Pattern Lab esittelee mallistonsa.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Food and Place 2015. Kuva: Chikako Harada.

Food and Place 2015

Photo, Chikako Harada.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Pasilan silta, Liang Yingjie 2015.

Pasila bridge

Pasila bridge, Liang Yingjie 2015.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Kangaskokoelma: Lotta Paananen, Lodetex-palkinto 2015. Kuva: Eeva Suorlahti.

Kangaskokoelma

Black lipstick bad meets cotton candy good, Lotta Paananen 2015.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Superstore. Kuvaaja: Toby Humphrey.

Superstore

The Superstore exhibition showcases experimental works by young designers at the Galleria Esplanad.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Näytös15. Kuvaaja: Mikko Raskinen.

Näytös15

Näytös15 is an annual fashion show for students majoring in fashion.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Taipuva tuoli, Joel Klemetti 2015. Kuva: Ville Lahtinen.

Taipuva chair

Taipuva chair, Joel Klemetti 2015. Photo Ville Lahtinen.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Exploring materials and woven structures. Swatch by Riikka Buri. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti.

Exploring materials and woven structures

Exploring materials and woven structures. Swatch by Riikka Buri. Photo Eeva Suorlahti.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Aeon Lines -pöytä, Man Yau, 2014. Kuva: Anna Niskanen.

Aeon Lines

Aeon Lines desk, Man Yau, 2014. Photo Anna Niskanen.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, harjoitustyön tekijät ovat Caius Verhe, Maija Jantunen, Iida Nylund ja Anna-Kaisa Laitinen.

Asuinkerrostalon aula

Product and Spatial Design -pääaineen opiskelijat laativat ehdotuksia Ruoholahteen rakennettavan asuinkerrostalon aulaan osana Helsingin kaupungin järjestämää ”Kehittyvä kerrostalo”- hanketta. Kuvan harjoitustyön tekijät ovat Caius Verhe, Maija Jantunen, Iida Nylund ja Anna-Kaisa Laitinen.

Muotoilun laitos
Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, harjoitustyön suunnittelijoina: Natalia Baczynska Kimberley, Nina Kosonen ja Matti Mikkilä.

Exhibition pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Finnish exhibition pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the autumn of 2014 was implemented as a training project for students majoring in Product and Spatial Design. The designers were Natalia Baczynska Kimberley, Nina Kosonen and Matti Mikkilä.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, system: Petteri Heinonen.

Independent Control Aerial Robotic Utility System

ICARUS, Independent Control Aerial Robotic Utility System, Petteri Heinonen 2014.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, Fashion Show, Näytös14. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen.

Näytös14

Fashion Show, Näytös14. Photo: Mikko Raskinen.

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Aalto-yliopisto Muotoilun laitos, From Birch to Catwalk - The Journey of Ioncell Fiber. Video: Mikko Raskinen.

From Birch to Catwalk

The Journey of Ioncell Fiber.

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