Smart Materials and Intelligent Packaging at FachPack 2015

material stories fachpack 2015(photo by Anna Seibel)

Material Stories developed an exhibition focused on “Smart Materials and Intelligent Packaging” to support both users and makers of packaging with new ideas and solutions. The exhibition at the FachPack trade fair is developed with bayern design, an organization that coordinates and promotes all design activities in Bavaria. From Tuesday to Thursday, you can see our exhibition and meet with us at the Messe Nürnberg – feel very welcome!

Materials Exhibition
Smart materials such as OLEDs, illuminated surfaces, shape memory alloys, holography lenses and printed electronics enable more interactive packaging and serve the new needs and desires of our digital society. The world’s first paper wine bottle and packaging made of stretchable paper, water soluble films, mushroom materials and recycled ocean plastic are showcased as clever alternatives for a more sustainable future.
– Date: 29.9. – 1.10.2015
– Location: Hall 5 – Booth 111

Design Lectures
Tuesday 29th, there are special lectures on packaging design at the PackBox forum. You can read the full lecture program here.
– Date: 29.9.2015 (from 15:00 – 16:45)
– Location: PackBox forum, Hall 4 – Booth 360

FachPack is one of the most significant European trade fairs for packaging. During three days (from 29.9. to 1.10.2015) some 1500 exhibitors are gathered at the Messe Nürnberg to present their latest developments in the field of packaging technology, processing and logistics.

Introducing GROW Art/Science at MCBW 2015

grow_artscience_mcbw_2015During this year’s Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) we will be joining the so called “MCBW START UP” program on Thursday 26.2. which is focusing on new materials and technologies at the intersection of nature, art and science. Aart van Bezooyen will be there to present one of his latest initiatives called GROW Art/Science, a platform for interdisciplinary art/science projects, initiated in collaboration with bionics expert Dr. Filipe Natálio. You can read more about the project at

For a personal talk, or how to become part of the GROW story, feel free to join our speed lecture (scheduled on Thursday 26.2. between 10:00-11:45) and make sure you reserve yourself a seat in the beautiful Literaturhaus München.


MCBW START UP – Program: Thursday 26.2.2015

10:00-11:45 – Presentations on: “Material”
 (introducing GROW Art/Science)
13:00-14:45 – Presentations on: “Environment”
15:00-16:45 – Presentations on: “Mobility”
Reserve yourself a free seat via this link >
Location: Literaturhaus München (3rd floor), Salvatorplatz 1 (> Bing Maps)

Material Stories with Bayern Design at Brau Beviale 2014


New Materials for More Intelligent and Sustainable Packaging
Material Stories consults and inspires companies with strategic, innovative and sustainable perspectives for materials in design. At the Brau Beviale 2014 in Nuremberg materials expert Aart van Bezooyen is joined by Paula Raché (graphic and packaging design) to inspire the beverage industry and its audience with new materials and new ideas for future product development.

Materials Exhibition
This year’s materials exhibition brings together some 30 materials and exhibits from ten different countries that give an overview of new and unconsidered materials and technologies for the beverage industry. The exhibition features packaging made of mushrooms, innovative glass-cork closure that can be opened (and closed) by hand, paper bottles, water soluble and edible bioplastics, smart labels that monitor and secure transport, and even a bottle that doubles as a brick!

Lecture Program
The three-day materials exhibition (11-13 November, from 9h-18h) is supported with a series of lectures on Wednesday (12 November, starting at 10h) titled: “Brand Experience through Design” organized by bayern design.

Brau Beviale 2014
Brau Beviale (from 11-13 November, Nuremberg) is a trade fair for brewing and beverage technology. Last year, some 1.200 exhibitors and more than 30.000 exhibitors enjoyed the show, incl. international coverage by some 300 journalists from 19 countries. You can read more about the exhibition at (in German) or more about the trade fair at

Innovation Forum “Material Matters”

CCC_Material Matters_141022-EN.inddThe Innovation Forum “Material Matters“ aims to highlight and showcase inspiring, unique and innovative examples of material appliances from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland. Various disciplines are invited not only to network, but to learn from and to collaborate with each other in order to develop new ideas, products and services. This Innovation Forum “Material Matters” addresses stakeholders from the air- and aerospace industry, from maritime industries, logistics, wind energy, science and research institutions, as well as designers from different fields and the public.

Seven experts (see program) are going to introduce to their topics via lectures. The audience then is invited to join and take part in a discussion. Get together afterwards and enjoy inspiring talks, drinks and finger food.

Key facts
Date: Friday, 21. November, 2014, 14:00 – 18:00 (Doors open: 13.30)
Location: Alte Schnapsfabrik / Raum 2, Am Deich 86, 28195 Bremen

Please register until November 12th at info(at)

More information at

Material Stories at iF design salon

iF design invited Material Stories to give insight in the latest trends and developments in die field of materials and technology and their potential in the design of products which are more lightweight, intelligent and sustainable.

Date: 31.7.2014 starting at 18:30
Address: Hongkongstraße 6, Hamburg
Registration: Please see the iF design salon – invitation here.

This (free) event takes place at the new iF design exhibition in Hamburg HafenCity where iF design established a 1,500 m2 showroom for showcasing and discussing its award winning products and projects.

New Material Award (Apply Now)



The New Material Award challenges artists and designers to present designs that answer today’s questions and tomorrow’s challenges. New materials or innovative use of materials serve as guidelines. The prize has two distinctions: the New Material Award with a cash prize of €15,000 for a finished product, and the New Material Fellow, for a detailed idea linked to a research question. Entries can be sent in starting today until 27 June 2014.

The New Material Award is the follow-up of the DOEN | Material award, which was created by the DOEN Foundation and the Materiaalfonds in 2009. Starting in 2014, the award is a collaboration between the DOEN Foundation, the Materiaalfonds and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The focus of the New Material Award is on the development of new materials and their application. The award focuses on the interface between science, design, art and technology, and aims to challenge participants to search for solutions for the future beyond the boundaries of their own field. The New Material Award is globally unique. Not the business model but the artistic and aesthetic aspects prevail in assessing the entries. Sustainability and innovation are of paramount importance. The New Material Award wants to inspire designers to create designs that contribute to a better and more durable world.

Het Nieuwe Instituut supports the winner of the New Material Fellow for a period of up to six months to further develop his or her idea and research a new material or innovative application of a new material. A good example of follow-up research is the design of the Current Table by Marjan van Aubel, winner of the 2012 DOEN | Material Award. Thanks to the support she received as part of the award, Van Aubel was able to develop her latest project, a table that generates energy, into an end product, in partnership with technology company Solaronix (see photos).

The New Material Award is open to artists, designers, fashion designers and architects who are active in Netherlands. For the award’s criteria and procedures, and the winners and nominees of previous editions, see (information in Dutch) or Facebook.



A committee of experts nominates sixteen to eighteen designs from all entries. The nominated designs will be on display at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam from 20 November 2014 through 5 January 2015. During the opening of the exhibition, the jury will announce the two winners. The DOEN Foundation, the Materiaalfonds and Het Nieuwe Instituut feel that artists and designers have an important role to play in initiating new developments in society and responding to current and urgent issues.

Happy New Year, Happy New Book!

(Book Cover: Materials Experience – Fundamentals of Materials and Design)

The new publication “Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design” is a compilation of essential new reading for anyone whose work crosses the wide field of materials and design. To realize this book, thirty-four of the leading academicians and experts, alongside 8 professional designers, have come together for the first time to offer their expertise and insights on a number of topics common to materials and product design.

The book (376 pages as Paperback or Kindle edition) comes with a foreword by materials expert Mike Ashby and is organized into 4 main themes: sustainability, user interaction, technology and selection. The wonderful team of editors Elvin Karana, Owain Pedgley and Valentina Rognoli brought together contributions by Aart van Bezooyen / Blaine Brownell / Carlo Vezzoli / Dan Van Den Ende / Daniel Schodek / David Bramston / Eddie Norman / Elaine Ng Yan Ling / Elvin Karana / Erik Tempelman / Hendrik Schifferstein / Hengfeng Zuo / Jakki Dehn / Jonathan Chapman / Jonathon Allen / Julian Vincent / Kevin Edwards / Lisa Wastiels / Luigi De Nardo / Marc De Vries / Marinella Levi / Mark Jones / Neil Maycroft / Owain Pedgley / Paul Hekkert / Philip Howes / Prabhu Kandachar / Rob Thompson / Sascha Peters / Sybrand van der Zwaag / Tony Hope / Valentina Rognoli / Wilhelm Albert (Pim) Groen / Zoe Laughlin.

You can have a closer look or browse through its pages at Amazon.