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.

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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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The Play of Brilliants
21 04 2015

Une petite virée parisienne que nous vous conseillons. The Play of Brillants est une expo-expérience tout autant sensorielle qu’émotionnelle, une rencontre réussie entre art, design, architecture, technologie et industrie, avec pour fil conducteur et coloré la lumière. Le visiteur plonge dans un parcours découverte, en mettant à l’épreuve sa perception et en entrant en interaction avec des installations éblouissantes, captivantes ou contemplatives, proposées par une dizaine de créateurs internationaux. La dimension du lieu - le fameux Elephant Paname, un hôtel particulier Napoléon III - ajoute une touche intemporelle et limite décadente à cette expo.

Lumières, Elephant Paname, jusqu'au 31 mai, plus d'infos ici

Dichrioc film

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Glass and strass

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Interactive Acrylic Panels

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Dichroic tubular filters

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Metal lacemaker
20 04 2015

A splendid work of patience and precision by Canadian artist Cal Lane, who, simply using a blowtorch, sculpts, perforates and transforms metal into lace. Wheelbarrows, shovels, oil barrels become collection items. In between delicate and rigid, ornament and function, heaviness of steel and lightness of lace.
By the way, a research with the 'lace' keyword will lead you to numerous references in matériO's database... You will only find 3 of those linked to this news as a teaser!
Visit Cal Lane's website here

Metallic embroidery

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Laminated glass/wood

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Handmade Silk lace

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Easter bells...
07 04 2015

matériO members who will grant us the pleasure of their visit in the next few days will get the chance to discover hidden Easter eggs on our shelves. Beware that everything in chocolate shall not be eaten, e.g. the sample O1069 which is actually a chocolate piece whose surface is micro-structured so that an holographic-like effect is created… as well as everything that does look like chocolate is not necessary edible, e.g. the R1938 produced through bacterial decomposition of waste!

Color without pigments

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A bacterian plastic

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Don't be shy on the decibel side!
01 04 2015

After sharks inspiring engineers to develop formidably efficient anti-bacterial films (ref R1521), after slime eels snot being promising in the T-shirt production department, it is today the Stulte Aprilis, a salmon species living in the Caspian Sea which draws the attention of the whole worldwide scientific community. The fishermen from the Makhachkala harbor have been noticing a growing scarcity of this species for the last ten years. Studies have been conducted and their conclusions are astounding: the Stulte Aprilis has in fact never been more abundant in the Caspian Sea but has managed to develop through 5 generations a new micro-stucture of its scales so that it is completely impervious to the sonar's wave length of fish boats ! The sound waves are fully absorbed by the scales, without bouncing back. A revolutionary foam is right now produced inspired by this principle, giving you the opportunity to work on Metallica bass lines full power on without killing your neighbour's ears… Finally!
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Antibacterial film

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natural salmon leather

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I'm smiiilin' in the rain
31 03 2015

You know those shitty rainy days? When the sky is grey and the mood is bad? A young american artist from Seattle has decided to put an end to that. His solution: to let positive messages on the street. However, those messages are invisible... when the weather is good! Thoses texts ands draws are painted with a highly hydrophobic product, and appear when the rain begin: the water slide on the paint, and the message stay dry. The purpose of this RainWorks project? to give people a reason to look forward to rainy days. It will rain anyway, why not do something fun with it :) ?

The water sworn enemy

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Hydrochromic pigments

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Sew a light
26 03 2015

To see our pants being illuminated by a phone call ? To shineand sparkle in a club because of our shirt ? It would soon be possible according to the recent studies led by research teams in Shangai and in California. These have indeed just presented a concept of bright fiber of a huge sharpness, and enough flexible to be braided. This Plec fibers (polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells) pull its strange property of its composition: a wire of steel coated with nanoparticles of zinc oxide, a light-emitting polymer with salts, the whole covered with a transparent layer of nanotubes of carbon. Thick of less than a millimeter, this cheap fiber could be fed by a system of energy recovery (solar or physical). However, the life expectancy of fibers as well as their low length slow down for the moment their real exploitation.
Please refer here for more informations.

Technical embroideries for smart textiles

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Recycled tape-made fabric

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Flexible light

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Last Call pour Ze Frühstück demain!
24 03 2015

Last call for our monthly meeting around the last innovations materials identified by our teams. Quasi-compulsory meeting for our members, if they wish to remain matériaulogues " euptoudayte "! On Thursday, March 26th from 9 am till 10 am, reserved for the members, the compulsory registration here

A spray light.

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Medical hydrogel

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Super-fast and strong 3D printing

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Periodical or stochastic metallic foam

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Fiber tapes

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Trendy glasses
21 03 2015

A new pair of glasses designed by Shwood, an American spectacle manufacturer (we already previously discussed their stone collection when released in 2013.) This time, they have decided to play with newspapers, re-creating tree trunks, in a way, by rolling/glueing sheets together to then cut this new material to create panels, which will then in turn be machined. It calls to mind wood, as you can see veins and grain... kind of like going back to the source, basically, for this recycled paper ! Looking at their collections, Shwood must be a member of our service !
Watch the very educational video here

Wood made of newspapers

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Wall covering

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25 matériaux extra-ordinaires en lumière...
17 03 2015

MatériO is present in the meetings " Materials in Light " on March 18th and 19th in Paris. The presented materials are exceptional, the mansion which welcomes us for the opportunity : amazing, the announced weather : radiant. Three reasons for not missing this MEETING at the edge of the Parc Monceau. Free entrance but compulsory registration here

Cast PMMA sheet

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Concrete and glass beads

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