Infinite Materials

We need to radically cut our consumption of materials and energy by creating materials that are not just renewable but forever reusable.
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Graphic design: Aino Salonen & Oona Raadelma

Our researchers have experimented with novel materials and alternative, resource-wise production methods.

This exhibition showcases promising concepts, like foam wood, a sustainable insulation and packaging material. A by-product of the forest industry, lignin polymer, has been engineered into bio-based coatings, adhesives and films.

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Materialising the Future – CHEMARTS 10 years

Why recycle bio-based materials? Can bio-based materials replace plastics? Does it make sense to use trees as materials?


FoamWood: discover a sustainable, strong, and heat-resistant revolution for packaging

Extremely light, compressible in one direction, strong on the other: Aalto showcases improvements for wood foams, considering environmental sustainability and packaging-oriented final results.


Future biorefineries

Researchers in FinnCERES are finding new ways to use the building blocks of wood as replacements for fossil raw materials.

Forests through Design

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.

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Wardrobe Stories with New Order of Fashion

The projects in this exhibition were started during Aalto University’s Contemporary Design program’s course, Experimental design, which was held in collaboration with international fashion platform, New Order of Fashion in Spring 2021

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Towardless: Plant-based Electrical and Art Energy (virtual exhibition)

Solar cells and research material that originate from art_craft, art_science, and scientific investigations, and the questioning of light, energy, bodies, and matter - including the first hand-painted solar panel.


Flower Matter: innovative materials from flower waste

Turning flower waste into environmentally responsible materials.

Design + Sustainability exhibition

Design + Sustainability

This exhibition and report sheds light to how design can advance sustainability, drawing from one of the widest studies on the topic in Finland to date.


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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Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

Resource Wisdom - Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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