New from wood – Carbon Sink Design Studio project started

New from wood – Carbon Sink Design Studio project started

The annual growth of Finnish forests is much higher than the amount of felled timber. Fresh ideas and courageous experiments on how to use wood in a new way are needed. Students and professionals of the forest-based biofield and creative fields join their forces in the Carbon Sink Design Studio project, which aims at developing new business and work around bioproducts and product and service design.

The Carbon Sink Design Studio is a multidisciplinary project of Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, and Design Forum Finland. In the project, the forest-based biofield meets the design, communications and media fields. The project cooperation partners include the Finnish Packaging Association, Design Foundation Finland, and the New Tree project.

The two-year Carbon Sink Design Studio project begins with the students' and professionals' visits to design and bioproduct enterprises. The purpose of the visits is to increase joint understanding for the basis of product and service innovation. A multidisciplinary Carbon Sink Design Studio model is being developed to a cooperation forum of enterprises and students. The work includes for example innovation, material experiments, and prototypes. The project results will be presented in summer 2017 in connection with the Helsinki Design Week.

– Several large industrial investments are being made in Finland to use wood and other plant-based materials in unprecedented ways. The concepts of bioproduct and bioproduct industry have become familiar. We have already come across these products as car fuels, biomaterial-based plastics, terrace timber, or new packages, tells Project Manager Ulla Häggblom from Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

– Fresh technological innovations together with the materials to be produced by the future bioproduct factories offer product development and design possibilities which we do not even recognise at the moment. It is time for design to use the new materials for product design and new business purposes – to create new from wood.

The Carbon Sink Design Studio project started on 1.10.2015 and will end on 31.9.2017. The project is funded by EU's structural fund ESF, the financing authority is Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Further information:
Ulla Häggblom, TAMK, Project Manager,, tel. 040 556 1120
Olli Pilpola, LAMK,, tel. 044 708 1292

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK)
Design Forum Finland

On the photo: Project Manager Ulla Häggblom
Photo: Aino Yrjänä


Published 12.12.2016