Core77 Design Awards
- Other Years
Forget baking, this book is about material design and science. Inspiration for Designers, Students, and Material Enthusiasts.
How can we make flexible and transparent plant-based materials? What kinds of materials can we derive from trees, while still respecting the preciousness of nature? Could the innovative use of renewable cellulosic materials change our material world?
The CHEMARTS Cookbook offers fun recipes for cellulosic material experimentation. It gives both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with wood-based biomaterials. The book showcases the most interesting explorations focusing on raw materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants: cellulose fibres, micro- or nano-structured fibrils, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark and wood extractives.
Get inspired, test our recipes either at workshops or chemistry labs, and develop your own experiments!
Print and a free digital version of the book available from Aalto ARTS Books: https://bit.ly/ChemartsCookbook
More information and videos: http://bit.ly/chemartsbookinfo
In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. In parallel with climate change, our lifestyles will also change. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue and global consumption must decrease. However, our need for materials will not disappear: in the future too, they will come to nurture us, cover us, comfort us, delight us, and keep us alive. This means we need many new ideas, collaboration across all borders and hard work to replace our existing material systems and consumption habits with more sustainable ones. In many cases, bio-based materials are considered the best alternative to currently dominant fossil-based ones.
The CHEMARTS Cookbook is a book about wood- and plant-based materials, especially cellulose, aiming to inspire future professionals to explore the potential. The book showcases experimental results, focusing on raw materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants: cellulose fibres, micro- or nano-structured fibrils, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark, and wood extractives. It offers both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with these materials. The recipes were developed and tested by students and staff in 2014–2019 in the CHEMARTS Laboratory at Aalto University, Finland. The results are far from commercial applications; hopefully future professionals will get inspired to take some ideas further.
In addition to the beautiful, printed book, a free PDF version was created. This supports the idea that the team believes in: university research should be made easily available for everyone. There is also a growing demand for educational content on bio- and plant-based materials. Younger generations around the world are more and more concerned about the climate crisis, plastics in the oceans and looking for creative ways to solve some of the material problems of our time. The CHEMARTS Cookbook inspires people to use their local plant-based resources in a creative and sustainable way.
Since its launch, the book has been warmly welcomed by the bio-materials community and awarded the Award of Excellence in the ICMA Awards international competition for creative media.
Created for the growing biomaterial community around the world by the small biomaterial team from Finland. Huge thank you to all the CHEMARTS students and staff since 2011 for helping to shape this book.
We encourage everyone to work together across disciplines and to share their bio-based material explorations with the community. Have fun!
CHEMARTS is the long-term collaboration project of two Aalto University schools: the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). These schools combined forces in 2011 with the aim of researching bio-based materials in an innovative way and creating new concepts for their advanced use. The core values of CHEMARTS are the sustainable use of natural resources, experimental working methods, and the respectful cross-pollination of design and material research.
CHEMARTS arranges multidisciplinary study courses and a Summer School for degree students, thesis projects, and workshops for elementary and high school students. It also participates in externally funded research projects.
Aalto University publication series C 1/2020
School of Arts, Design and Architecture & School of Chemical Engineering, Espoo, Finland
© Editors Pirjo Kääriäinen, Nina Riutta, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen & Aalto University
Proofreading: Alice Lehtinen, Altexta
Photographs: Eeva Suorlahti
Cover: Bio Slime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen, CHEMARTS Summer School 2019 (recipe included in the book)
Graphic design: Cleo Bade
Producer: Sanna Tyyri-Pohjonen, Aalto ARTS Books, www.aaltoartsbooks.fi
ISBN 978-952-60-8803-7 (pdf)
ISSN 1799-4985 (electronic)