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Nicole Stjernswärd

MA work

KAIKU Living Color and CELLUL-AIR

KAIKU Living Color (Solo Project)

Today, colour comes in convenient packages from faraway places, but as we start to scrutinise everything for its sustainability and circularity, why aren’t we caring about colour? KAIKU Living Color uses plant waste to create natural pigments. Many of the plants and fruits we eat every day, such as avocados, onions, and pomegranates, have valuable colours within their skins and peels.

CELLUL-AIR (Group Project)

CELLUL-AIR joins the fight for clean air in a new, visual way. Cellul-air is an air filtration system that takes in the urban atmosphere and breathes out clean, purified air. Specialised microbes within its modules are able to process specific pollutants, enabling Cellul-air clusters to be customised to each location they’re placed in.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019

  • Nicole Stjernswärd is a design technologist educated at the Royal College of Art, Imperial College London, and the University of Minnesota. Her experience extends across the fields of design engineering, architecture, and product design. Her work focusses on sustainable practices for society and the environment. Nicole believes in innovation fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and researchers, which is reflected in many of her projects.

  • Degrees

  • BDes Architecture, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, USA, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • KAIKU Living Color, London Design Festival, KI London HQ, London, 2019; cellul-air, The Great Exhibition Road Festival, Imperial College London, London, 2019; cellul-air, SynbiTECH 2019, London, 2019; Science Evening, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, London, 2019; Biodesign Here Now, London Design Festival, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Semi-Finalist, Environment Award, Mayor's Entrepreneur, 2019; KI Award, Runner-up, KI, 2019; Best Undergraduate Dissertation, King Student Medal, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, 2016; Berggren Art Prize, Arthur & Audrey Berggren Endowment, 2012–2016; Mark M. Strege Award, Strege Family, 2012