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10 Encounters Between Science and Design

Silk Lab – Designers AndreasKojcevski Hansson & Siri Skillgate and biomaterials expert Dr Cedric Dicko demonstrate ways of reengineering liquid spider silk into new, non-fibre forms.


Graphenogram – Andréason & Leibel draw on the expertise of 2D materials specialist PhD Student Virgínia Boix to explore a new application for wonder-material graphene – in photography.


In Vitro Printer – Industrial designer Jenny Nordberg joins forces with orthopaedics researcher Prof Magnus Tägil to develop a human-powered 3D printer that replicates the natural process of bone healing.


Polarised Portraits – Kajsa Willner channels Prof Dmytro Orlov’s understanding of polarised light to create a series of beautifully colourful design objects that draw attention to the environmental impact of plastic.


MATching – Korean-born, Malmö-based designer Kunsik Choi explores the aesthetic poetry of bioplastics with a series of colourful handmade plant pots inspired by the research of biotechnologist Prof Rajni Hatti-Kaul.


Gleather Glubber – Designer Petra Lilja taps into Dr Ramune Kuktaite and Bill Newson’s knowledge of plant-based biomaterials to showcase the colours, textures and forms that can be created from gluten-based bioplastics.


Grain – Petter Thörne and bio-based building materials expert Dr Paulien Strandberg uncover new aesthetic possibilities for the industrial by-product hemp shiv.


Living Systems – Studio Aikieu collaborates with biotechnology and chemical engineering researcher Dr Solmaz Hajizadeh to transform chitin – a hugely abundant biopolymer from the shells of crustaceans – into a design material for furniture and sculpture.


Artificial Intelligent Architecture and Interior Design – Experimental design company Superlab and AI expert Dr Axel Nordin demonstrate the potential of algorithms to design human-centred workspaces – without the input of an architect.


Array – Experimental studio Wang & Söderström join forces with nanotechnologists Prof Magnus Borgström and Dr Vilgailė Dagytė to visualise and replicate the remarkable energy-harvesting properties of one of the smallest and most versatile structures in modern tech, the nanowire.