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Future Fabric


Professor Kirsi Niinimäki had a presentation “Futures Fabrics, Futures Consumption” at Helsinki Design Week‘s event Future Fabric on 18th of September. The event was organised by Helsinki Think Company in a Science corner (Tiedekulma). Helsinki Think Company is the entrepreneurship society of the University of Helsinki.

Tähän kysymykseen tarjosi vastauksia Future Fabric tapahtuma 18.9.2018. Osana Helsinki Design Weekiä järjestetetyssä puhujatapahtumassa tarkasteltiin suomalaisen muodin tulevaisuutta kolmesta näkökulmasta: Tulevaisuuden materiaaliteknologiat. Miten luoda uusia, ympäristöystävällisempiä materiaaleja? Mikä rooli perustutkimuksella on uusien materiaalien synnyssä? Teknologiasta teollisuuteen; Onko kalliista innovaatioista vaatealan mullistajiksi? Entä voiko pienestä maasta ponnistaen selättää skaalautuvuuden haasteet? Professori Kirsi Niinimäki piti tapahtumassa puheenvuoron näkökulmalla, Tulevaisuuden tekstiilit ja tulevaisuuden kuluttaminen.

Smart Textile Summit 2018

Emmi Pouta was presenting her research at Smart Textile Summit, that is continually organized networking event that deals with the latest from Finnish smart textile research and industry. The first event focused on human experiences with smart textiles in different forms of our everyday life.

Event was organized in collaboration of Happy Textiles Bazaar, Aalto University Experience Platform, Aalto University Materials Platform, and Start North. Event was a part of the official Helsinki Design Week program, and took place on September 12th.

The title of the presentation was Touch Interwoven – Interactive Textile as an Interface Between Physical and Digital Worlds.

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New materials from the Trash-2-Cash project at Dutch Design Week 2018

Academic and industry designers have been collaborating with scientists and engineers over the last three years to produce these new materials from textile waste.

The 18 partners from 10 countries are showing six brand new prototypes at Dutch Design Week 2018, comprised of new, recycled and recyclable apparel and automotive materials and concepts. We are also sharing this new way of working, outlining how science, design and industry can input into the process from beginning to end.



Think First – Panel discussion at Habitare 2018


September 15, 2018. Doctoral Candidate Essi Karell took part in “Think First” panel discussion addressing the topic “design and nature” as part of Habitare Interior, Design & Furniture Fair 2018. The question of how design can contribute to environmental protection was approached from the perspectives of design, production and consumption with the other panelists Teemu Järvi (designer, artist) and Rudi Merz (carpenter, furniture designer). The panel was moderated by Piia Lehtinen from Designmuseo.

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Aalto Design Research: Fasttalk Superday at HDW 2018


Doctoral candidates Namkyu Chun and Essi Karell presented their research in the format of three-minute mini talks in the “Fasttalk Superday”, where wide variety of research topics were introduced  by Aalto University’s design researchers. The event was part of the official program of Helsinki Design Week and took place in the Helsinki City Hall on the 10th of September 2018.

Namkyu Chun “What other roles can fashion designers play rather than dressing the public?”
Essi Karell “Design for textile recycling – Addressing textile material circulation through clothing design”

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“Design Research meets the Industry” at Tallinn Design Festival 2018

September 12, 2018. Doctoral Candidate Julia Valle-Noronha presented her research at the event “Textile Futures: Design Research meets the Industry”   organized by the Estonian Academy of Arts. The event was part of the official program of the 13th Tallinn Design Festival 10-16 September 2018.

The title of Valle’s presentation was: “On time and surprise as a space for design.”

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Participation of Fashion Colloquium 2018 Arnhem

Our members Julia Valle-Noronha and Maarit Aakko presented their papers at the Fashion Colloquium 2018 Arnhem.

Maarit Aakko “Fabricating New Meanings of Luxury”
Julia Valle-Noronha and Maarit Aakko “Affective Patterns: Exploring the Agentic Openings of Flat Patterns”

It was hosted by ArtEZ University of the Arts in the city of Arnhem, the Netherlands as part of the city wide event ‘The State of Fashion’ and took place between the 31st of May and the 1st of June.


Additionally, they also participated an exhibition based on their co-authored paper.


Apart from these participation, other members of F/T Futures, including Kirsi Niinimäki and Namkyu Chun, attended the colloquium.


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Observations of multidisciplinary collaboration in Trash-2-Cash research project

The leader of F/T Futures Professor Kirsi Niinimäki provides a summary of findings from the article Outside the “Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting in Trash-2-Cash blog. 

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) research project has brought together partners from multiple disciplines with various knowledge backgrounds to work towards new material innovations.  Kirsi Niinimäki’s, Marjaana Tanttu’s and Cindy Kohtala’s article Outside the ”Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting, published in The Design Journal in 2017, provides observations from the beginning of the collaborative process in T2C. Check the main findings explained by Niinimäki in Trash-2-Cash blog (published April 19, 2018).

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Fabric Presentation of Lebenskleidung and Lecture of Benjamin Itter

Sustainable fabric collection presentation Spring/Summer 2018 & lecture on sustainable textile supply chains with Benjamin Itter (Co-Founder Lebenskleidung)


Session I: 15.00 – 16.30
Session II: 17:00 – 18:30
Fabric collection presentation open from 11:00 – 20:00

Where_Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland.

For Whom_Interested fashion designers, students an all those concerned about a clean textile industry

Together with Aalto University – School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design, Lebenskleidung cordially invites you to join our event on 19th of March 2018 at Aalto University Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland. Lebenskleidung is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified sustainable fabric and material agency and wholesaler from Berlin/Germany. Lebenskleidung in its structure is unique as it offers especially small to medium scale designers across Europe the opportunity to work with a wide range of sustainable certified materials. The uniqueness is that Lebenskleidung stocks the fabrics and designers can work with material already from only one meter onwards. The material range includes organic cotton, organic wool, organic linen, recycled polyester, vegetabile tanned leather and more. Lebenskleidung works with production partners in Germany, Portugal, Turkey, France. The raw material comes from various organic projects around the world, like Turkey, Uganda, Argentina, or Belgium. Lebenskleidung was founded in 2008 and now is working in the board of directors of the International Association for Natural Textiles (IVN).

Lebenskleidung is based in Berlin/Germany where over the past ten years a huge network of sustainable fashion brands has grown, accompanied by the two biggest fairs on sustainable fashion worldwide, the Ethical Fashion Show and the Green Showroom. Together with Slow Fashion Spain from Madrid, Sustainable Angle London/UK Lebenskleidung and many others, Lebenskleidung is fighting for a greener textile industry across Europe.


Benjamin Itter (38) is co-founder and managing director of Lebenskleidung. As an advocate for a cleaner textile industry he is a founding member and strategic advisor of the Consortium of Green Fashion India (CGF) and is giving lectures and presentations on the topic sustainable fashion across Europe and around the world.

The topics of the lecture will include:
– How can a textile supply chain be clean and what are the problems of todays fashion industry for people and the enviroment?
– How do organic cotton farmers in Uganda benefit from a certified supply chain?
 – What material alternatives do we have and how can we as designers & consumers act towards a cleaner textile industry?

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