Ze Frühstück, March 30
2017-03-13 20:25

Some of you, dancing with impatience, contacted us to know when our next frühstück would be.. Well, as usual, it will be the last Thursday of the month, i.e. March 30. A "farandole" of material innovations (more than 40 samples unveiled!) presented during a short session (9 to 10 am, not a minute more!) exclusively to our members. The opportunity, if you are not yet a member of our service, to become one... Click here !!!
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Guten Tag, und am 30. March

Just to make your mouth water, few of the materials we will present here

Betel palm based vegetal leather

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Phase Changing Material

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Mineral Foam

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The pinkest pink

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Flexible construction material for support or curved surfaces

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Concrete+magnetizable particles

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A sticky metal plate

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Porous Quartz, translucent/transparent

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A bendable, twistable, foldable battery... as paper

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Stainless thermal efficient textile

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A “greening” concrete for our cities
19 02 2017

Time to shine a spotlight on the exciting work being undertaken for the last few years by BiotA Lab, University College London’s multi-disciplinary research platform, set up to look at the interactions between the natural worlds, biology and human activity. In particular we draw attention to their latest experiments on a particular form of concrete whose chemical and structural make-up has been specifically designed to enhance the growth in situ of vegetal micro-organisms such as algae, mosses and lichens which:
· bio-colonise the facades of buildings
· produce oxygen
· absorb CO2
· clean buildings of pollution and even improve their insulating capacity.
This work is not only re-defining the concept of the building but, also, of our whole built environment. In other words, there’s more to come….

To discover more about BiotA Lab click here

Moss acoustic wall

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Carbon negative cement (CNC)

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Photocatalytic paint

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“Incertitudes”, an allegory for our moods
10 02 2017

Shown alongside other works at the latest Première Vision salon in Paris was Ying Gao’s beautiful project “Incertitudes”, already trailed here some time ago. Produced in leaves of PVDF and dressmaker pins, this interactive garment reacts to the human voice, the needles bristling and falling at the whim of sounds and moods, as if they were a scaled-up version of hairs on the skin. The movement of the needles is hypnotising but, as the saying goes, gather thistles, expect prickles!

Click here for the site of the designer, Ying Gao

Crazy hairy tiles

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Leather fringes

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Brushes

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Impressive concrete with 3D printing
05 02 2017

Are 3D concrete printing techniques already mature? In any case that’s the impression given by a series of experiments carried out by Bekkering Adams Architects in Rotterdam and the Eindhoven University of Technology. The team did not simply want to use 3D printing as an alternative to other means of forming concrete but, instead, tried to push the specificities of this technology to explore its own vocabulary, its own forms and its own capacity. Playing on different parameters for cement extrusion – speed, height of drop, fluidity, nozzle shape - the firm obtained several prototypes with a clearly defined aesthetic and characteristics (and with a nod to twentieth century rustication, like the latest MIT experiments on 3D glass printing). 3D concrete printing is no longer aping what already exists but is breaking free and exploring new avenues. 

 Bekkering Adams web site

Large-scale 3D printing

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Light-reflecting concrete

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Decorative concrete

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Seen at Maison&Objet
2017-01-24 11:19

Two projects seen today at Maison&Objet Paris, using noticeable materials: the table and chairs from Patricia Urquiola, made using a dichroic laminated glass, and the MIYAVIE furniture designed by Koichiro Kimura, based on entangled polyethylene threads. Visible until January 24 in Paris Villepinte.

M&O
Glas Italia
Miyavie

Wired comfort

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Dichroic film

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The next "Vegan" leather
04 01 2017

The principle of Kombucha, the ancestral mongolian drink which consists in making some sweetened black tea ferment with some yeast, inspires once again university researchers in their research to find an alternative to the animal leather. Indeed, during the manufacturing of the sour drink, a gelatinous skin of mycelium develops on the surface of the macerating liquid. By filtering then by drying this jelly of fibers of cellulose, the researchers of Iowa State University can get flexible sheets, from beige to brown tones quite similar to real leather, despite a bigger sensibility to the humidity and the cold, and a good but quick biodegradability. Eventually the goal would be to replace the animal leather in the production of clothes, shoes, handbags and other classic applications. A vegan leather someway...

More info on Iowa State University's website here

Microbial Cellulose

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Synthesized cellulose

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Bacterial-cellulose clothing

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Spider silk for my new shoes
25 11 2016

Adidas launches a new pair of basket shoes, and it looks like the German company is a member of matériO as the sales pitch is based on two flagship references of our service. First the sole is made out of an expanded TPU, first in its category. This foamy polyurethane is quite exceptional and bouncy, as well as very resistant to tearing and abrasion. Sport as if you were running with springs under your feet! The boot is made out of a woven material using a revolutionary fibre: an artificial spider silk fibre, with many outstanding qualities. Very resistant, very flexible, very lightweight, very breathing, very anti-bacterial, very... Enough! Anyway you will not be able to see the samples in our showroom as its manufacturer has been refusing sending us samples for the past two years.

As elastic as rubber, but lighter

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World’s first man-made fiber containing 100% spider silk

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