CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools combined forces with the aim of researching bio-based materials in an innovative way
Intension by Megan McGlynn
Intension is an experimental design project that combines areas of sculpture, chemistry, and sustainability. It is centred around the interaction of two renewable materials: bioplastic (PLA) and nanocellulose. Shrinkage is an intrinsic quality of drying cellulosic materials. When water evaporates from nanocellulose, the fibrils are pulled tightly together and form strong chemical bonds. Encasing various shapes between layers of nanocellulose creates tension in specific directions and produces self-forming curvatures.
Lignin as colorant by Pia Johansson
Lignin is one of the three main components of wood. Could the deep brown color of lignin be used in textile industry in the future? In this project design student Pia Johansson is exploring how the limited color palette based on lignin and some other natural dyes can be used to create woven and printed textiles. In addition to beautiful colors ranging from light beige to darker brown the textiles have good fastness to washing and rubbing. The project is part of the Biocolour research project.
Bio-(floral) Foam by Irene Purasachit
Floral foam is widely used in modern floral arrangements. The current foam available in the market is phenol-formaldehyde foam which is essentially an oil-based material with several toxic chemicals. This Bio-(floral) Foam is made of 100% fibre from flower stem (mainly carnation and iris). The material aims to simulate and act as an alternative for floral foam. Therefore, it has the properties to absorb and retain water together with the ability to hold flowers. The material is biodegradable, contain no oil-based ingredient or additive, is made of 100% flower waste and is microplastic-free.
About Department of Design, Aalto University
We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We renew our expertise through high level research in continuous collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment.