Feasability of Bacterial Cellulose in Furniture Design

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Määttänen, Heikki
dc.contributor.author Faidi, Monika
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-30T05:35:07Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-30T05:35:07Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/26317
dc.description.abstract This research is based on ChemArts Summer Schools (2016) final project “Grow Your Lamp!”, that had great interest and was exhibited in Aalto University`s Learning Centre and as well in Helsinki Design Museum. The study was executed because there is too little knowledge about bacterial cellulose used in furniture design and what could be the strengths and the limitations of the material. Environmental sustainability has posed the need for great development into grown fibres and materials within the interior design industry. This thesis describes and evaluates the feasibility of bacterial cellulose as a possible solution for use in this industry. The theses will serve as basic information on how to grow and produce the material, as there is little to no information on how to grow it for design purposes. It covers the basic as well as the most important properties of bacterial cellulose as sustainability and biodegradability. Acetobacter xylinum is a cellulose producing bacteria which under the right conditions will self-organise into a nano-structured, textile-like material called bacterial cellulose. The growth period was low in terms of productivity. Less than 1 metre of the fabric could be grown in three weeks. But what the material lacks in economic viability it most definitely makes up in terms of sustainability and biodegradability. The combination of recyclability, sustainability, biodegradability and new end-use opportunities makes cellulose the potential super material of the future. The use of ethical biomaterials materials impact functionality, aesthetics and ethics of the product. Due to the materials high mechanical strength and leather like appearance, it could be possible to use the material as a part of a seating furniture, as they require this kind of property to carry a weight of average man. The materials stability to endure high temperatures makes it safe to use in lights and even in close contact with light sources. Making it the extremely suitable material when designing lights. This research found out that the limitations of the materials are the low economic viability due to materials long growth period. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Feasability of Bacterial Cellulose in Furniture Design en
dc.type G1 Kandidaatintyö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.subject.keyword bacterial cellulose en
dc.subject.keyword bio-desig en
dc.subject.keyword microbial cellulose en
dc.subject.keyword cellulose en
dc.subject.keyword bio material en
dc.subject.keyword sustainability en
dc.subject.keyword furniture design en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201705304878
dc.type.ontasot Bachelor's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Kandidaatintyö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Heikki Määttänen, Heikki Määttänen
dc.programme fi

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