Category Archives: Projects

Rhythms in Infant Brain: Wearables for Computational Diagnostics and Mobile Monitoring of Treatment (RIB)

This interdisciplinary project is a joint endeavor between Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Dept of Design, and School of Electrical Engineering, Dept. Signal Processing and Acoustics (Aalto/Elec) as well as University of Helsinki (UH) and University of Turku (UTU). The project is funded by the Academy of Finland, Health from Science (TERVA) Academy Programme, that is aimed at encouraging researchers to seek bold, new research initiatives that can solve health issues related to major public health diseases. We in Aalto arts will in this project study infants and their caretakers in order to design functional and aesthetically pleasing, medically equipped textile wearables and clothing that help detecting early symptoms of health issues in babies.


NEWSILK, The New Road to Silk: Bio-based production of silk-like materials 2017-2020

Biotechnical production of silk and the engineering of materials properties of silk offers large possibilities for industrial development. Our aim is that silk-like materials, including spider web proteins and other related fibrous proteins, will form a basis for high performance materials in the future.  Our consortium combines three areas: Biotechnology (Aalto CHEM), Polymer Chemistry (Helsinki University) and Art & Design (Aalto ARTS). This combination of groups will develop and strengthen multi- and interdisciplinary research collaboration and lead to new ways of doing science. In our project we integrate the experimental design process in research where biological production and polymer chemistry is used to create new materials that answer to tomorrow’s requirements for materials. Funding comes from Academy of Finland, Biofuture programme 2017-2020.



Central Baltic Fashion Seed is a new
project initiated by Art Academy of Latvia
in collaboration with Aalto University and
Tallinn Incubator. It aims to explore the
possibilities of sustainable fashion business
in the Baltic Sea region, and prepare further
project application(s) for EU funding
programmes. The project is part-financed
by the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
(EUSBSR) Seed Money Facility, and it runs
from April 2016 to March 2017.

For more info, click here to download a printable PDF file.

T2C Trash-2-Cash

Designed high-value products from zero-value waste textiles and fibres via design 2015-2018

T2C is a multidisciplinary project which integrates design, business and technology to a coherent discipline to establish new creative industries. The aim is to develop new material and product opportunities via creative design from waste or process by-product, reduce the utilization of virgin materials; improve material efficiency; decrease landfill volumes and energy consumption and use design for recycling strategies with the vision of closing the material loop in the textile sector. Aalto ARTS will contribute to project through developing design methods for multidisciplinary collaboration, constructing principles for design-for-recycling, studying consumer engagement for recycling and in moreover investigating the new value creation in recycling economy. The project is funded by Horizon2020 EU programme and it is a large European collaboration between different research units, Universities and industrial partners around Europe.

Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2015-2018 and CHEMARTS collaboration

Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose(DWoC) is a multidisciplinary project focusing on cellulose materials and their novel applications by combining design, science and business. The DWoC concept is based on the combination of design thinking and design driven prototyping to a strong technology development competence. DWoC aims to communicate actively the design concept to potential entrepreneurs and to facilitate the development of the new Finnish cellulose ecosystem. The first phase of the DWoC project (1.6.2013 – 31.3.2015) was successfully carried out and second phase started 1.4.2015 and will continue until 31.3.2018. The partners are the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and University of Vaasa. DWoC is funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Technology (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces 2011 with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses.  The main objective of CHEMARTS collaboration is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials. CHEMARTS consists of various actions, such as multidisciplinary study courses, summer school and externally funded research projects.

DigiPrintNetwork 2015-2017

DigiPrintNetwork projektissa kootaan suomalaisista digitaalisen tulostuksen parissa toimivista pk-yrityksistä toimijaverkosto, joka suunnittelee ja toteuttaa yhdessä kustomoitavia tuote- ja palvelukonsepteja kuluttajamarkkinoille. Projektissa tehdään kuluttajatutkimusta verkostotutkimuksen kanssa rinnakkain. DigiPrintNetwork projektissa selvitetään, miten yritysverkosto ja kuluttajat jakavat tietoa keskenään. Tavoitteena on auttaa yrityksiä vastaamaan paremmin kuluttajien tarpeisiin. Hankkeen tavoitteena on ymmärtää verkkopohjaisen yhteistoimintamallin vaikutusta monipuolisen toimijaverkoston johtamiseen ja kehittämiseen. Hankkeessa tehtyjä tutkimuksia ja toiminnallisessa osiossa testattua toimijaverkostoon pohjautuvaa liiketoimintamallia voidaan hyödyntää eri alojen pk-yritysten toiminnassa. Projektin rahoittaa Tekes ja mukana olevat yritykset.

DigiPrintNetwork concentrates on network collaboration around digital textile printing.

DIGItex 2013-2014

Projektin tavoitteena oli tutkia ja kehittää digitaaliseen tekstiilitulostamiseen liittyviä tuote- ja palveluliiketoimintaratkaisuja tulevaisuuden kestävän kehityksen vaatimusten mukaisiksi. Projektin tavoitteena oli myös kehittää uudenlaisia digitaaliseen tekstiilitulostamiseen perustuvia tuotesuunnitteluratkaisuja.
Yhteistyössä mukana Printscorpio, VTT, TTY, TAMK ja Aalto. Projektin rahoitti Tekes ja Printscorpio.

In DIGItex project new product-service-system concepts for digital textile printing was developed.

Baltic Fashion 2011-2013

The project goal was to bring together a strong consortium of partners including regional authorities and business support agencies, fashion associations and educational facilities from all BSR countries. Baltic Fashion aimed to create an independent BSR wide network with the following goals:

Strengthen the international performance of the BSR fashion sector and its support structures through development of an information platform, cooperation meetings and joint analyses (statistical data, good support practices, sectoral activities and potential for cooperation) leading to common sets of actions.

Promote and transfer knowledge on innovations in the sector (new production methods and technologies, trends, materials), especially to eastern BSR countries and with a focus on sustainable development.

Further develop and realize existing business support activities and facilities (e.g. business training programmes, business clinics), create new spaces for industry cooperation and internationalization (e.g. business cooperation events), and facilitate the shift of fashion production back to the BSR.
Funding programme: Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013


Zero Waste Fashion and Zero Waste Pattern Cutting workshop 2012

The workshop was coordinated by Aalto University and funded by the Baltic Fashion project. The objective was to gain practical knowledge of an innovative technique, Zero Waste Pattern Cutting, which could provide new perspectives for fashion design, while also developing sustainable design practices. The workshop was led by fashion designer Holly McQuillan. The participants included teaching faculty, students and designers from partnering organisations of the Baltic Fashion Network. This blog, like the shared notes and pictures from a course, serves as a tool for participants, to be used either as teaching materials or in their design practice. It is a public site for sharing information with anyone who is interested, for inspiration and introductory knowledge into zero waste fashion and zero waste pattern cutting approaches.