Research within design, product design and materials technology

About the research

  • Research areas

    The industry needs are at the core of our research projects.

    Material science and functional design

    • Development of sustainable and innovative materials and production methods

    Smart textiles

    • Innovative materials with smart functionalities
    • E-textiles (integration of power-consuming or supplying power units in textiles)

    Pattern design

    • Research in fitting and sizes
    • Combinations of technology, materials, design, aesthetics and functionality

    Creative business innovation

    • Sustainable approaches to, for example, supply chain management
    • New retail models 
    • Trend forecasting, marketing and branding.
  • Selected projects

    An international outlook characterises our projects.

    Textiles for hospitals of the future

    With a starting point on modern hospital construction, this interdisciplinary PhD project investigates how the use of smart textiles can be implemented and contribute to holistic design solutions for hospitals of the future. 

    Project period: the project ends in September 2015. 

    More about the project: Smart Textiles in hospitals of the future

    Project leader
    Poul-Erik Jørgensen, chefkonsulent

    Milan Resilience: Sustainable solutions for global challenges

    The project Milan Resilience – future resources, future living places focuses on global challenges such as climate change and the waste of resources. Through design, technology, research and innovation the project will to try to find viable and long lasting solutions. The project was presented at an exhibition at Ventura Lambrate in Milan during Design Week in April 2015. Funding: Research and innovation funds in VIA Business.

    Project leader
    Pi Aasbjerg Hansen
  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Anders Bisgaard  

    Director of Research, Development and Innovation 
    T: +45 87 55 05 07

    Research specialisation: 
    • Design and business 
    • Fashion, furniture and lifestyle 

    Poul-Erik Jørgensen

    Head of Programme, Product Design & Materials Technologies
    T: +45 87 55 05 46

    Research specialisation: 
    • Material technology

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    We work in partnership with international and Danish design institutions.

    Our Danish and international partners include:

    Danish organisations

    • UMT Development Center (Innonet Lifestyle Interior and Clothing)
    • DM&T
    • Mode Konsortiet (Moko)
    • Innovationsnetværket Livsstil
    • Bolig & Beklædning
    • Head Start Fashion
    • Kulturpolitisk netværk
    • Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)
    • Danish Design Association (DDA)

    International organisations

    • NEFTAS
    • EAIE
    • NAFSA
    • Eurashe
    • The Danish-Chinese Business Forum
    • CDEU (The Central Denmark EU-Office) in Brussels

    International partner-universities

    • Royal College of Art, London
    • Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
    • University College Gent
    • Politecnico di Milano
    • AMFI, Amsterdam University of Applied Science
    • Bergen Academy of Art and Design
    • University of Borås

    Danish partner-schools

    • Aalborg Universitet
    • Aarhus Universitet
    • Kolding Design Skole
    • Aarhus Arkitekt Skole
    • Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis skoler


    • Kopenhagen Fur
    • Hummel International
    • Bestseller
    • EGE
    • Mascot International
    • Viking life- saving equipment
    • Kvadrat
    • Bonaparte

Get inspired

Milan Resilience

Sustainable design in Milan

At Milan Design Week presented a range of ideas about sustainable design.
Design-thinking - VIA Design

Design-thinking and business acumen

Strategic Design Practice is a design process, developed by two researchers at VIA Design.