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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Ze Frühstück is back!
22 01 2015

Petit rappel... pour ceux d’entre vous qui auraient raté cette annonce dans notre dernière newsletter… matériO’ redémarre ses fameux frühstücks, rendez-vous mensuel d’une heure avec nos membres afin de rester up-to-date sur les innovations matières. Ze Frühstück, cela se passe tous les derniers jeudi du mois, au showroom matériO’ et autour d’un café-croissants-jus-d’orange. Des dizaines de matériaux extra-ordinaires et fraichement reçus que nous souhaitons vous faire découvrir. Jeudi 29 janvier, nous en profiterons aussi pour vous présenter notre nouveau showroom classieux, son nouveau classement psycho-rigide, son Wall of Fame détonnant. Donc incrivez-vous vite, pour une heure de découvertes le 29 janvier prochain, de 9h à 10h. Réservé à nos membres... L'occasion, si vous ne l'avez pas encore fait, de vous abonner !!!
Si vous êtes membre et intéressé, inscription obligatoire sur hello@materio.com

The 'Wunderbar' of the 2015 CES show
07 01 2015

The last geek-meet (the 2015 CES show) brought its load of flexible mobile phones, ultra-connected cars or anti-attack bras and several material-oriented proposals which drew our's attention such as how 'mature' is the offer in terms of textiles with integrated sensors (d-shirt), how electronic inks are being used in architecture or how there is an incrasingly wider range of materials used in 3D printing processes (metal-filled polymers, wood, stone, ceramic...)

Textile with embedded sensors

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Electronic Ink for architecture

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Happy NY, and Save Ze Date!
04 01 2015

Comme chaque année, mais exceptionnellement avec un mois de retard pour cause de déménagement, matériO vous invite à partager son pain d’épices maison le mardi 6 janvier, de 14h à 18h, au 8 rue Chaptal 9eme. Vous pourrez en profiter pour découvrir son nouveau showroom, son nouveau mode d’archivage, ses nouvelles trouvailles matières, et poser toutes les questions nécessaires sur ses différents services.

Gingerbread
03 01 2015

The famous recipe of our president's great-grand mother, the very one you can taste every year on our 6th of December-Saint Nicholas event...
To obtain 1kg of gingerbread, you will need:
• 250g of honey (the quality and flavour of the gingerbread completely depend on it)
• 250g brown sugar
• 500g of flour
• 4/3 of hot boiling water
• 4 coffee spoons of aniseed in powder (supermarket or drugstore)
• 2 sachets of baking powder
It is then very easy: mix the honey with the hot boiling water, then add the rest... and put in the oven the cake tins, 175°C... and remove when the bread has a nice golden color.
Our president's tip: he replaces part of the brown sugar with vanilla sugar, because he loves it!

Wood Foam

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A knife is born...
31 12 2014

Watch and admire the video of the various steps of the manufacturing process of a Damascus steel knife. All the ingredients are gathered: the hearth, the fire, the precise ancestral gesture, the love of a well-done work, the beauty of the final object.
Enjoy and happy New year!
Watch the video here

Steel in mille-feuille

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Metallic layer effects

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Joyeux Noël and see you next year...
23 12 2014

A little reminder: matériO will be closed between December 21, 2014 and January 5, 2015. However, if you happen to miss us too much, you can:
• Access our website www.materio.com any day, at any hour, in order to launch searches about peculiar materials for your projects to come.
• Access all 'ZE daily matériO' we have sent over the past two years here.
• Access all our previous newsletters gathered here.

Joyeux Noël and see you next year...

Un verre électro/chromo/photo/voltaïque
23 12 2014

Nous connaissions les verres électro-chromes, qui ont la capacité de se teinter lorsqu’ils sont traversés par un courant électrique, permettant ainsi à l’aide de capteurs un contrôle solaire efficace des bâtiments en s’assombrissant lorsque le soleil est au zénith. Nous connaissions aussi les verre photo-voltaïques transparents, qui eux sont capables de produire de l’électricité lorsqu’ils sont exposés aux UV… Ce verre, non content de s’opacifier sans consommer d’électricité, arrive même à en produire durant le processus. Pour l’instant simple prototype, cette découverte d'une équipe de l’Université de Technologie de Nanyang devrait fortement intéresser les industriels.
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A window producing electricity

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A smart and confortable glass

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A glass selectively blocking heat and light

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They took part in the development of our database
12 12 2014

Dark and indestructible are certainly not the best adjectives to describe Pauline, unlike this melted basalt stone.
This volcanic rock is formed after the magma is cooled quickly by air or water contact. Its thin and isotropic structure gives it exceptional strength. Unfailing, a bit like Pauline’s memory who knew where to find the right samples, even after the Big Move!

Indestructible, unalterable as basalt !

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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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