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Heimtextil: Patterns of success

Pattern Lab 20 Collection HarmonyPattern Lab returned to the show with its latest generation of designers and 20 new designs.

Pattern Lab is a professional level surface design project by Master’s students at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland. It has an impressive history of more than 20 years of selling successful designs to Scandinavian and international markets, and a number of today’s top textile designers in Finland are Pattern Lab alumni. 

Pattern Lab is all about original artwork, surface design and young vision in trend forecasting. The project has long roots but fresh faces every year. Like in the past, this year’s group was international and multi-disciplinary: the 11 participants have backgrounds in textiles, fashion, graphic design, visual arts and product design. 

Each designer works with his or her own style, but under common themes. This results in three varied, yet cohesive collections of around 300 different surface designs for a myriad of uses. Designs are made both by hand and digitally, exploring and combining different techniques. The collections consist of print patterns, digital prints, material collages and other 3D-surfaces of professional quality, all in repeat and provided with digital files with layers. 

The project is supervised by Maarit Salolainen, creative director and professor.