What is matériO?

• A selection of thousands of specific and/or innovative materials and technologies.
• A complete independency. No advertisement, no financial links with the indexed manufacturers, matériO is ONLY financed by its users.
• An international online database and several showrooms in the world.
• Any kind of materials (wood, plastic, metal, glass, lighting devices...), any field, to be freely inspired by materials.

No nonsens, just the real stuff!

a close look on matter

Intrinsically curious, matériO selects each day materials, technologies and projects for their specificity, their inventiveness and their interest.

Our database includes today more than available 6000 ID cards.

materiO' s sharp eye constantly scrutinizes the entire world, watching for inspiring materials and connected information (technologies, resources, energy, sustainability, science...)

material inspiration

matériO is a service especially designed for professionals interested in materials and technologies, willing to distinguish themselves with and thanks to matter. 

Architects, product designers, fashion designers, manufacturers, engineers... our database combines news on the latest material researches and developments and material ID cards with contact details.

The search tool offers an overview of the results as well as suggested links between materials in order to bounce from one surprising reference to another.

a work tool

As a matériO member, you can keep track of your discoveries by classifying them in thematical folders. You can, for instance, create a folder for each project you are dealing with or order materials using your favorite subjects. The materials you like as well as frequent searches are kept, already-selected material ID cards are highlighted and an history of your searches is also available.

regular updates

Being a matériO member allows you to enjoy future updates. Preview the new features and give us  your feedback! More tools to administrate your personal workspace soon to appear as well as all the advantages of a collaborative space.

several membership levels

Register online and receive our newsletter O! for free. You will also access the latest news and will be able to draw inspiration from pictures of our database.

Next level : you will have total access to all our material ID cards and linked information, especially manufacturers details. The search tool helps you browse the database, your selection can be kept in your workspace.

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Une église recevant la lumière divine
19 11 2014

Une superbe installation du designer japonais Tokujin Yoshioka, Rainbow Church, une fenêtre étroite réalisée avec des centaines de prismes afin de diffracter la lumière entrante. Un projet qui trouverait effectivement parfaitement sa place dans une église, évocation de la lumière divine...

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Prismatic glass

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Laminated glass with holographic color effect

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A well founded foundation
20 10 2014

The Louis Vuitton foundation open its doors this evening. On the edge of the Bois de Boulogne and designed by Franck Gehry, this flagship presents on its top the famous LV monogram in a mirror finish stainless steel. The material is reminiscent of a few techniques referenced by matériO : the cushion made by swollen mirror metal, hydroforming...

The foundation website here.

Textured stainless steel panels

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Facade concrete

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Double wall metallic plate

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New wave
20 10 2014

This company transformed its main product, cardboard, to realize a surfboard. A thick honeycomb cardboard, employed for its resistance, thickness and lightness is cut, preformed and polished. From the frame to the blades, all details are in cardboard. A resin is then cast inside the structure. Transparent, it keeps the pattern visible and the surfboard become a genuine window on the sunset…

Immerse yourself here.

Paper Honeycomb

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Honeycomb panel

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A piece of cosmos
06 10 2014

A meteor hitting the planet ? No ! But a meteorite falling in the hands of Studio Swine, yes… This fake roc, that is also a tea cabinet, is made out of an aluminum foam, created with injecting a gassing agent when molten. An uncommon application for this material, which is usually made for isolation, automotive industry or electronics as an heatsink. A smart imitation of cosmic stones, more bright, more functional and for sure, more light. 
You can find it here.

Foam and plastic

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03 10 2014

Her leather sea could be an ocean, a suit, a mattress : but absolutely not a decor. Indeed, nothing abnormal for Emanuelle to see herself as a mermaid, inside the leather waves. She strongly believes in this aquatic universe, which is not hard to believe : always eating, real open eyes when she don't understand the semiconductors, a lively interest for the li-fish. Rising or falling tides, she's proud about her Odyssée in MateriO, and the animal's ruins that she keeps from her brave saga. If a photography have to be taken, that is sure, it have to be in her leather kingdom. Because, after all, it is certain : swim in intestines, that's cool.

Interior of cattle stomach

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Cattle instestine leather

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Maps to the stars
30 09 2014

To survive in space, humans need pressure, oxygen and thermal constance. The absence of environment pressure make compulsory the presence of stiff balloons in the spacesuit : you probably well know the famous bulky and cumbersome outfit. In this new MIT development, a mechanical counter pressure is directly applied on the entire body area, in a skin-tight suit at the exact size of the astronaut. The compression system is included inside the fabric : shape-memory metallic wires are heated by an electrical current, contracting when hot and keeping the shape. It represents 140, 000 stitches, on an elastic fabric. A mobility never seen : it will be possible then to dance the boogie on Mars ! Moreover, the charm of the traditional spacesuit is not finish, becoming more and more sexy.

Unitek Arcs Nitinol

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

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A technical PET Film

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Liquid Crystal Polymer Fiber

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Where do they look for that ?
21 09 2014

You may have your own opinion about the last Apple proposals, but there is a constant in the product communication : the prevalence of the material speech. Last example, the Watch : a revolutionary sapphire screen (already used for ages in clock industry), watch straps made out of crazy materials, and all of that claimed with an "Amazing" ! emphasis. Caricatural, but also highly effective. All this little treasures (and lot of others) are hidden in the database, try to find it !

The last "Apple" revolution here.

Crystal boule

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Magnetic fastening systems

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Innovative metallic alloy

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A technic elastomer that resists to everything (or almost) ...

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11 09 2014

No no, you're not dreaming, it truly is a green beard ! Romain tried to fool us with his fake cotton candy beard ! It is actually a kind of wool made out of plastic, the same centrifugation process as cotton candy is used, but instead of sugar, the fibers are produced from recycled thermoplastics. He deserves all the credit he can get, he is the one who succeeded in getting a sample of this plastic cotton candy !  

Plastic wool

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