Material Stories at iF design salon

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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)

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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 www.newmaterialaward.nl (information in Dutch) or Facebook.

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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!

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(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.

Newsletter Get Inspired #05 – PACKAGING

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Hi there! Check out the latest newsletter Get Inspired #05 – PACKAGING, a special edition to inspire packaging design with innovative and sustainable solutions. This special newsletter brings together over 30 tangible examples of materials and concepts we showcased in a materials exhibition with the bayern design organization at this year’s FachPack trade fair in Nürnberg, Germany.

PS New here? You can download previous newsletter editions right here.

Innovative Materials for Packaging Design at FachPack 2013

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“Ever seen a packaging that opens by itself? What can you do with super stretchable paper? New plastics are able to dissolve in water, or are even edible!” – With a special focus on innovative materials, bayern design asked Aart van Bezooyen (Owner of Material Stories) and Paula Raché (Design & Illustration) to develop a materials exhibition with tangible examples of materials and technologies that can make today’s packaging even more competitive, creative and sustainable.

From 24-26 September, Aart and Paula (authors of the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” book) – will be on site at the FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg to present best practices and give hands-on demonstrations of new materials and technologies to inspire the future of packaging. Visitors can meet them at the Special Show Packaging-Design, located at Hall 7A, Stand 328.

Planning a visit? On Tuesday 24th, the exhibition is hosting lectures about packaging design at the PackBox forum. You can read the full program here (in German).

About FachPack
FachPack is one of the Europe’s top exhibitions for the packaging technology, processing and logistics. This prestigious event is expected to bring together more then 34000 visitors from around the world. Its 31st edition takes place from 24-26 September 2013 at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Germany.

About bayern design
bayern design, powered by the Bavarian State Ministry, is an organization that compiles, coordinates and supports all design activities in Bavaria and promotes Bavaria as region for good business.

European Network for Advanced Materials and Design

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(Figure: European design and advanced materials stakeholders)

DAMADEI – ’Design and Advanced Materials As a Driver of European Innovation’ – is an EU-project that aims to focus on European competitiveness, raise materials awareness among designers and to provide designers with the appropriate experience on how to take advantage of the huge opportunities that advanced materials represent.

Material Stories, one of the project’s “connecting centers”, is supporting the second symposium with an inspiration lecture during the Sketcha Kucha Symposium at the Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen, who is one of the four project partners with Materfad in Barcelona and Happy Materials in Prague. The symposium is number two in a row of four DAMADEI symposiums (London, Copenhagen, Prague and Barcelona) focused on developing ideas driven by advanced materials for the future home.

One of the objectives is to create a collaborative platform as an online meeting point for design and advanced materials. A great initiative for the world of materials and design which you can follow here: www.damadei.eu

MCBW 2013: The Future of Materials and Design

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From 16-24 February it is time for the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) bringing together the brains and business of the creative industry. Besides bringing together a lot of people and drinks, the goal of this event is to create more awareness for the social, cultural and economic impact of design in today’s world.

For a closer look at the future of materials and design, we recommend visiting the central “mcbw momente” exhibition from 21-24 February which is organized by bayern design. 1000 square meters at the Alte Kongresshalle will be filled with exhibitions, lectures, discussions and workshops around three future focused themes called “social and cultural needs”, “inspired by technology” and “sustain your brand”.

book_itsnoteasybeinggreen_coverFebruary 24, Aart van Bezooyen (hey!) and Paula Raché will be on location to officially present the new book titled “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” – no fees and everyone is invited! You can read more about the lecture at the MCBW program or Facebook.

Official Book Launch
- Date: Sunday, 24.02.2013
- Lecture: 12h00 – 12h45
- Location: Alte Kongresshalle (Theresienhöhe 15)

For more events and information see www.mcbw.de or download the full program here (pdf).