Co-creating the Future of Food: DesignBites exhibition for Designs for a Cooler Planet, Helsinki Design Week 2020

Anna Kuukka (Creative director), Maria Mikkonen (Photographer), Tua Björklund (Other), Erwin Laiho (Designer)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in non-art workpeer-review


The food we produce, purchase and consume has far-reaching consequences for our society and planet. Organized by the DesignBites research project and the Aalto Design Factory platform for co-creation, the exhibition sheds light on what happens behind the scenes of novel food and beverage products, showcasing Finnish entrepreneurs, experiments and collaboration needed for designing new innovative solutions. The exhibition represents different pathways, goals and tools used by entrepreneurs, drawing from longitudinal research on Finnish food and beverage ventures. Our open events bring together diverse stakeholders to co-design and re-imagine sustainable solutions for the future of food.

The physical deliverables include an immersive installation in Väre main lobby featuring artefacts and sustainable packaging innovations from food and beverage industry, a photogaphic documentary, a sclulpture element, three virtual events, and the launch of DesignBites report 2020 'From Crisis to Creativity - Enrepreneurial action in Finnish packaged food and products'.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherAalto University
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeF3 Artistic part of a non-artistic publication
EventHelsinki Design Week: Designs for a cooler planet - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 2 Sept 202025 Sept 2020


  • co-creation
  • entrepreneurship
  • food and beverage industry
  • photography exhibition
  • product development
  • COVID-19
  • experimentation
  • crisis
  • sustainability

Field of art

  • Design


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