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Installation highlights cellulosic future

Encouraging individuals and companies to think sustainably.

1st June 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Helsinki, Finland

Interiors, Sustainable

An installation by artist and experimental designer Megan McGlynn now on display at the Glasshouse Helsinki is based on a biodegradable nonwoven made of cellulosic fibres by Suominen Corporation

The installation – Geo Pilvi – consists of eight folded structures that hang from the ceiling of the retail outlet.

“The organic curves of these clouds are created entirely from straight geometry, referencing their surrounding architecture as well as nature,” explained McGlynn. “Working with this material was interesting for me as an artist. It is very thin, strong and tear resistant. I am very pleased with the combination of strength and translucency of the material.”

“The cellulosic fibres are carefully opened and distributed on a web and pure water is used to induce mechanical interlocking to provide an optimal level of strength without any chemical binders or other harmful substances,” added R&D manager Miika Nikinmaa. “Water is circulated in the process to minimise the environmental impact and water consumption. We are very excited about this collaboration.”

Glasshouse Helsinki was born from an idea where disciplines of art, design, fashion and material science merge to create a platform that encourages individuals and companies to think sustainably and act towards responsible growth.

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