Forests through Design

Gathering an understanding of forests, trees and wood material and seeking answers to the forest dilemma through design process. Designer Saara Kantele exhibits her research on forests, design and sustainability at Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021.
Forests through Design
The alder objects: stool of grey alder by Saara Kantele | Photo by Anne Kinnunen
Design for Forests
The alder objects: bowl of grey alder by Saara Kantele | Photo by Anne Kinnunen

The forests and use of them is one of the biggest issues of this modern time. It effects the living conditions of the future and concerns the other species we’re sharing the planet with. 80% of all the terrestrial species live in the forest biotopes. While providing material, forests are dignified entities with an important role in the world – what does this mean for design?

Forests through Design

Saara Kantele
Photo by Saara Kantele

This exhibition is part of a project gathering understanding about forests, trees and wood material and seeking answers to the forest dilemma from the designer's perspective.

The forests are also studied through first-hand observation and documentation in forest trips.

Saara Kantele's website

Saara Kantele
Wood: two chairs by Saara Kantele | Photo by Anne Kinnunen

The Alder Project - How to understand forests

The project documents a zero-waste approach: how an alder tree can be cut down, researched and used for furniture while leftovers are processed as a new fibre-based biomaterial.

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cutting down an alder tree in a green forest scenery with a bright summery sky

The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme and Year of Research-Based Knowledge. Aalto University is one of the EU's New European Bauhaus partners. 

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Helsinki Design Week 2021 has landed in Otaniemi, showcasing three paths to resource wisdom

Radical ideas and prototypes contributing to a resource-wise future. The exhibitions and online lectures are open to everyone, and they belong to the official Helsinki Design Week programme.

Resource Wisdom - Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

Infinite Materials

We need to radically cut our consumption of materials and energy by creating materials that are not just renewable but forever reusable.

Infinite materials theme visual

Better to Wear

We get dressed each and every day: clothes protect us and help us express ourselves. We can dress better when we re-design the whole textile process from manufacturing to use to recycling.

Better to Wear exhibition visual

Loving Environments

Construction gobbles up half of the world’s natural resources. Collaboration between scientists, designers, architects, the public sector and companies generates ideas that can make living environments and the construction industry more sustainable.

Loving environments visual theme
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