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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22 04 2014

Gravels made out of fruit kernels, paper out of algae or elephant poo, mushroom leather, sunflower seeds and other fibrous derivatives... None of the materials of natural origin has escaped the sharpened eye of Aliénor ! Intern with lapp influences, Aliénor has had to choose between all the organic wonders of the showroom and finally swooned over... the mycelium ! This fungal lattice of threadlike cells grows around agricultural by-products and allows to obtain a very soft and resistant packaging, of which the structure is in complete harmony with the oval of her face. Lucky they found each other ! However, no luck for matériO losing such a specialist of bio seeds and chocolate cakes !

Natural protective packaging

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Few first things from Milan
20 04 2014

Before offering a large overview of what we have seen in Milan, here are few things we noticed... just to start with : a tridimensional phosphorescent lamp with a diatom shape by studio Bernotat&Co, the table with a photovoltaïc top by Marjan Van Aubel, and the delicate elegance of the ceramic lithophanies by Betty Lewis-Williams. More soon!

Glow in the dark yarn

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Transparent solar cell using dyes

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Exhibition "Sous pression", do not miss!
09 04 2014

If you have the chance to be staying in Paris those days (at least before the 14th of September 2014), we recommand you to visit the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to learn everything about the process of densified wood (humidified/heated/compressed). A softwood like fir becomes as dense and resistant as ipe wood ; thermoformed species remain stable through time without any chemical additives. EPFL and ECAL have thoroughly explored this process and 6 designers offer sensible possible applications, playing with the mechanical and aesthetical characteristics as well as the specific surface appearance of these types of wood... and the exhibition has been designed by Normal Studio... Need more reasons to go?

More info here

Wood Strand in 3D

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Compressed wood

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Bullet-proof shoes... well, quite!
06 04 2014

To carry on the "the world is a jungle" series, meet the shoes matching the suit we discussed previously on the 20th of March! Made by the famous shoemaker Heshung (from the Vosges, my region) in partnership with OAMC, these derby shoes are Kevlar reinforced, a fiber used for bullet-proof jackets. Very resistant to daily attacks, these shoes are not unfailing, though, as this video proves it...

Textile for body armor

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Perforation in all support

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The most expensive suit in the world... and the most armored as well!
20 03 2014

This suit has been tailored for the James Bonds of finance, for wealthy business men constantly travelling the world. It protects them from turpitude of their hectic life. The textile used is bullet-proof in case one of their competitors becomes too insistent ; it is also waterproof in case a glass of Château Laffitte were to inopportunely be spilled ; the jacket is air-conditionned so that they remain fresh and alert during complex negociations. Seeing its price (more than 3 millions of dollars), it won't come as a shock that this suit is sold with a silk and 24 carats gold tie... of the best effect. When does indecency start?

The website, here

Ultra resistant Fabric \ Denim

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Brazilian natural fiber shiny golden

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Cooling PCM

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Luke, I am your father!
05 03 2014

It is now possible to control surrounding objects directly by hand movements, a little like Darth Vader picking his light saber thanks to the force... You will be able to turn your smartphone volume down without touching it, or even control the room temperature only with a remote hand gesture. All thanks to AllSee, a gesture recognition technology with neither extention, nor batteries, which is based on tiny variations of ambient electromagnetic waves generated by our moves. Mind-blowing, researchers from University of Washington are very proud.
For further information, it's here.

Levitation systems

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A safe wireless power

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Egg shells used to manufacture ceramics
03 03 2014

Thousands of tons of egg shells are buried every year, a waste from the food industry without any real use so far. All this could change after a study made by a Portuguese university showing that crushed egg shells could replace calcite to produce ceramic objects. Less waste, less calcite used, more hapiness!

Aveiro University

Architectural Panels

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Decorative panels made with eggshells

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The new age of the egg box

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When Marcel carbonizes the sausages!
17 02 2014

The barbecues season hasn't started yet but Marcel Wanders already knows the sausage crank for chair design. The structure of this seat is made using tubular carbon fiber balloons, inflated with compressed air then hardened with epoxy resin. Despite its greasy appearance, the Dutch designer's latest is lightweight : mere 800 grams!

'Inflated' metal

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Insulating plastic tubes for energy-conducting wires

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Tube verre double paroi

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When plastic strikes the right note!
06 02 2014

A pretty complete article on introduction and then generalisation of plastics and composites in music instruments manufacturing. Polymers are sometimes only an alternative that goes for a song whereas original materials got rare and precious, yet they can also bring their own qualities.
Plastics The mag

Cellulose reinforced plastic bio-composite

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A technical PET Film

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Milk casein polymer

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Natural plastic

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