TheSouthern Sweden Creativesproject supports small and medium-sized companies from the cultural and creative industries to grow internationally through professional business development, international exposure, and national coordination. The project focuses on southern Swedish companies that work primarily with film, digital games, digital media and design.The project is co-financed by the EU Regional Development Fund and Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
Design experiments from the frontiers of material science
For six months in 2018, 10 design studios and 10 material researchers at the forefront of their fields embarked upon an extraordinary collaboration.
Combining insights and technology from the cutting edge of material science with the curiosity and creative vision of design, each partnership has set out to translate often-complex research into visually engaging forms, and to explore the potential of new, non-commercialised materials to solve the design challenges of tomorrow.
From game-changing innovations in bioplastics to new applications for naturally abundant materials, the latest leaps in artificial intelligence to the ancient processes at work in living systems, every one of these 10 projects presents an intriguing, exciting – and often beautiful – vision of what our material future might look like.
What Matter_s is a joint project from Southern Sweden Creatives, Form/Design Center, SPOK, and Art & Science Initiative.
Curator: Nina Warnolf
Portrait images and film: Andy Dunn, Zetteler Films
Product images: Fanny Hansson
Dr Cedric Dicko is a specialist in soft biomaterials at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. His research focuses on the production, properties and potential applications of protein based-materials such as spider silk.
Virgínia Boix is a master student in Lund University’s materials science programme, currently working on a thesis exploring 2D materials such as graphene and composites. She uses cutting-edge technology such as scanning tunnelling microscopy to visualise the results of her experiments at an atomic level.
Prof. Magnus Tägil works in the department of orthopaedics at Lund University. He is a research leader for its ‘Building Bone-Killing Bugs’ initiative and part of the Smart Bone project, both looking for materials that can be used as bone replacements in humans.
Prof. Dmytro Orlov’s research focuses on understanding the properties of different metals and how that understanding might be used to develop new manufacturing techniques, such as in the design of light metals for use in biomedical and mobility applications.
Prof. Rajni Hatti-Kaul works at the biotechnology department at Lund University, where she explores the properties and development of biomaterials and green chemicals.
Dr Ramune Kuktaite is an assistant professor at the Department of Plant Processing in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her research concerns the production of bio-based plastics and foams from plant materials such as potato starch and wheat proteins.
Dr. Paulien Strandberg is a researcher in the department of building materials at Lund University, with special interests in the insulation and moisture-transport properties of bio-based building materials and the use of lime/hemp composites in construction.
Dr Solmas Hajizadeh is a biotechnology and chemical engineering researcher at Lund University. Her work includes diverse projects related to nanotechnology, water/wastewater treatment and environmental engineering.
An assistant professor at Lund University, Dr Axel Nordin explores ways of integrating complex morphologies into bespoke products in order to address computational, manufacturing, structural and usability challenges. He is particularly interested in the application of artificial intelligence for engineering design.
Prof. Magnus Borgström and his PhD student, Vilgailė Dagytė, work at NanoLund, researching the properties of nanowires, the techniques behind their manufacte, and how they might be used in renewable energy technologies such as solar cells.