Department of Design

Materials, Textile & Fashion Design

Materials, Textile & Fashion design research includes research on fashion and textile design and design strategies, and textile and fashion knowledge building, particularly sustainable fashion and textiles. Research also covers multi- and interdisciplinary investigations on new materials, with particularly emphasis on bio-based materials in design.
Shimmering Wood photos by Eeva Suorlahti
Photo of Shimmering Wood. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Research is closely connected to the Fashion/Textile FUTURES research group, ChemArts collaboration and the FaCT Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design Major (Master’s Programme in Design).

Examples of current funded projects

biocolour research project

BioColour (external link)

Bio-based Dyes and Pigments for Colour Palette

FINIX logo

FINIX (external link)

Research project on sustainable textile systems

Textile waste. Photo: Shutterstock

T-REX (external link)

T-REX Project brings together 12 major players from across the entire value chain to create a harmonised EU blueprint and business opportunities for closed loop sorting, and recycling of household textile waste.

New cotton project - line up of textile components

New Cotton (external link)

The New Cotton Project harnesses collaboration and cutting-edge technology to create circular fashion

See the other foci of Aalto Design Research

Julia Lohmannin Hidaka Ohmu. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen

Design for Sustainability

Development of new sustainable materials, research on product/service systems for sustainability, sustainable consumption and research on sustainability transitions.

Department of Design
Aalto Sustainability Hub community

Codesign and Human-Centred Design

Codesign and Human-Centred Design research includes co-design, service design, interaction design, user experience, end-user innovation and open design.

Department of Design
Prof. Maarit Mäkelä and her work

Practice-Based Design Research

Practice-based design research includes artistic research, design-driven exploration on emerging technologies and materials, and the action research–oriented development of new design methods and approaches.

Department of Design
Aalto Design Research
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