Lost in the Wood(s), published by Aalto ARTS Books, has won the Award of Excellence given by the International Creative Media ICMA.
ICMA is a worldwide competition for corporate medias, books, corporate design and magazines organized by International Editorial-Design & Research Forum. Altogether 376 publications from 27 countries participated this year. Lost in the Wood(s) publication was given Award of Excellence in the series “Books: Academic Works, Educational Textbooks and Schoolbooks”. Awards of Excellence are awarded for outstanding individual achievements. Often there are photo reports, illustrations or the print finishing that are honored this way.
Lost in the Wood(s) presents Aalto University’s CHEMARTS project and its outcomes and is made by Designer In Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, designer Liisa Tervinen, photographer Eeva Suorlahti, graphic designer Safa Hovinen and producer Sanna Tyyri-Pohjonen. The book is printed by printhouse Aldus Oy.
“The award was really good news. This was the first time we attended an international book competition. We did well with the book, so I was happy to send it to a renowned competition. The workgroup was a real dream team. Of course Pirjo Kääriäinen and Liisa Tervinen made the hardest work, but also the great photos made the publication to what it is. The graphic designer crowned the visions successfully and also the printing house did a good job”, explains Tyyri-Pohjonen from Aalto ARTS Books.
Towards a more sustainable future of materials
The book Lost in the Wood(s) aims to bring together and make visible the new activity that is underway with wood-based biomaterials in Finland. In addition to CHEMARTS, the publication also strongly emphasizes Aalto University’s and its several partners’ extensive Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) research project developing new biomaterial projects.
“With these projects we are creating new and more durable future of materials. The starting point is biomaterials and especially cellulose in its various forms. It is one of the most common natural raw materials and has the preconditions to be a real super material of the future. The projects bring together multidisciplinary top experts and have already created a new biomaterials network in Finland, that is a strong developer of future solutions also globally”, explains Pirjo Kääriäinen.
“It is always hard work to make a book, and it has required extensive expertise and cooperation both inside and outside the Aalto University. It’s great that an unbiased publication combining different disciplines got this kind of a spectacular form and was honored with this award”, says Liisa Tervinen.