Textiles Tomorrow Summit

Textiles Tomorrow Summit

Textiles Tomorrow Summit

Wednesday 30 – Thursday 31 October 2019

Venue: Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

+ Company Visits on Friday 1 November 2019, Helsinki

Textiles Tomorrow Summit brings together an international network of textile educators to discuss the future of textiles and share their knowledge and expertise. Aalto University is proud to host the second textile education conference initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort in 2018 at The New School/Parsons, New York.

This year our aim is to continue sharing ideas as a community and to take further steps to build bridges between textile academics and professionals. The Summit will host a large number of textile academics and professionals from around the world and provides a versatile platform for learning and discussing topics of novel sustainable textile materials, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and artistic and technical expertise.

The summit includes a number of exhibitions. The exhibitions showcase artistic, practice-led and sensorial design, woven fabrics, knits and knitwear, new materials and production technologies, and colour research as well as versatile works discussing climate change and food systems.

The book presentation of Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures written by Maarit Salolainen takes us on a journey to the world of woven textiles and shared textile stories at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA).

The educational and design talks offer a platform for textile academics and professionals from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise with us. The studio visits and presentations lead us to peek behind the scenes of tomorrow’s textiles. 

Welcome to the Summit!

KEYNOTES: Lidewij Edelkoort and Kirsi Niinimäki
TALKS: Michael Hummel, Helena Hyvönen, Pirjo Kääriäinen, Harri Puputti and Maarit Salolainen
PARALLEL SESSIONS: Educational and Design Talks, Studio Visits and Presentations
EXHIBITIONS: Väre Building, Learning Center and Undergraduate Centre
BOOK PRESENTATION: Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures by Maarit Salolainen

CONTACT: [email protected]





Wednesday 30 OCTOBER, 9h00–16h10

VENUE: Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 1

9h30 Welcome / Maarit Salolainen, Adjunct Professor in Textile Design

9h35 Keynote I: Going Wild / Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Design Studies and Associate Provost, Parsons School of Design

10h30 New Materials at Aalto University / Pirjo Kääriäinen, PoP Design Driven Fibre Innovation

11h00 Ioncell / AaltoCHEM, Michael Hummel, Associate Professor in Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering

11h30 Industrial Insights to Sustainable Futures / Harri Puputti, Vice President, Quality, Lindström Group

12h00 Lunch and mingling

13h30 Keynote II: Sustainability, Industrial Transformation and Textiles / Kirsi Niinimäki, Associate Professor in Design

14h30 Intervention – What the Hell, Textiles? / Video statements: Kati Miettunen, Oldouz Moslemian, Jouni Partanen, Orlando Rojas and Yu Xiao

15h00 Discussion panel / Helena Hyvönen, Professor Emerita / Zane Berzina, Professor for Conceptual Design of Materials and Surfaces, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin / Mark Van Vorstenbos, Head of Textile and Fashion, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague / Lidewij Edelkoort / Maarit Salolainen / moderator: Pirjo Kääriäinen

16h00 Closing statement / Kirsi Niinimäki

16h30 Shuttle buses from Otakaari 1 to EMMA


Evening Programme, 17h00–21h00

VENUE: Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Ahertajantie 5, Espoo

17h00 Interwoven exhibition visit, EMMA

17h30 Book presentation: Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures / Maarit Salolainen

18h30 Cocktail dinner, venue Lumière WeeGee


Thursday 31 OCTOBER, 9h00–16h00

VENUE: Undergraduate Centre (Otakaari 1) Väre Building (Otaniementie 14) and Learning Centre (Otaniementie 9)

9h00 Parallel sessions – Educational Talks, Undergraduate Centre

12h00 Lunch

13h00 Parallel sessions – Educational Talks, Design Talks, Studio Visits and Presentations, Väre Building

Exhibition visits, Väre Building and Learning Centre and Undergraduate Centre


Friday 1 NOVEMBER, 9h00–16h00

VENUE: Helsinki Area

Company visits: Marimekko factory and store, Lapuan Kankurit store

The museum and gallery visits are organised independently by Summit visitors.


Please find the full summit programme (PDF) below.

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