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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Les vertiges d'Anish Kapoor...
27 05 2015

Après le majestueux Leviathan de l’expo Monumenta au Grand Palais, après la magnifique coupole parabolique vue à l’expo Dynamo, Anish Kapoor nous offre d’une nouvelle oeuvre hors norme, encore et toujours à la frontière entre intérieur et extérieur, plein et vide, concave et convexe, avec ces mêmes sentiments de fascination et vertige mêlés.  "Descension", bassin d’une eau sombre et agitée, avec en son centre un vortex qui évoque aussi bien l’infini de l’univers que le siphon de votre baignoire. Déstabilisant pour le visiteur, irrémédiablement hypnotisé par cet abîme attirant et menaçant.

Exposition à la Galleria Continua, avant le Chateau de Versailles en Juin!

Hexagonal structured sheet

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Glass wall

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Coated fabrics

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The glossy James Bond car
26 05 2015

The famous James Bond car is dressed of its most beautiful glitter to go out at night. During Gumball 3000 the phosphorescent Aston Martin DBS has illuminated its audiences as a starlight. Its coating is a glowing painting wich has the quality of storing enought energy for being visible during 10 hours after nightfall. If we look beyound its spectacular looking, this painting could be very helpful for road safety. Glow is Wow.

Pathway glowing surfacing

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Spray range

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Phosphorescent Additive

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Wood clothes!
18 05 2015

This fabric is covered with triangular pieces of wood, that forms a structure that is both supple and rigid. The clothes play sublimely with the paradox and exhibit a futuristic design. This clothing line called "LO/REZ" is signed by Elisa Strozyk and Sruli Recht.
Move and your sweatshirt in wood will follow your movements! These clothes with wooden patterns form geometries that look like landscapes. Light illuminates differently the many pieces of wood, which gives to the clothes several colors and a pixel effect.
Sources : LO/REZ 

Flexible wood

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Adjustable Wood

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Foldable coated fabrics

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Moving fabric structure

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The amazing Spider-Silk
18 05 2015

To swing from a building to the other hunging on a spider web : kid's dream? Yes, clearly. But nevertheless the spider's silk presents incredible properties, which fascinate scientists for a long time: resistance, flexibility, lightness... 
Imagine now a spider's silk allying those capacities to metal's ones. This is what crossed the mind of two Italian scientists, by spraying spiders with a mixture of water, carbon nano-tubes and graphene flake. The result is impressive, it is almost science-fiction: a silk more resistant than Kevlar, but which keeps an extreme flexibility. In fact the most resistant material (in its scale) existing for the moment.
The possible applications are mind-blowing: to repair and improve the human skin, to weave light en invincible clothes... But watch out! With great power comes great responsability...
More informations here 

Spider-web fabric

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Carbon nanotubes filled resins

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Several formattings of Graphene

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Bio Electric
12 05 2015

This project of Jeongwon Ji, who challenges our everyday electronic devices and offers another point of view in terms of shapes and material, as they are made out of chitin, extracted from crab shells... A species of crab which can be found in Asia - where most of the electronic devices come from by the way - and which tends to invade rivers and therefore constitutes a local affordable resource. A slow approach to manufacturing.

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Crab's pulp

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Electronic skin devices

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The optimal chilling chair?
12 05 2015

This chair with surprising aqueous and air aspect, is an invitation to relax. Its metallic-skin basis, singular, give life to this piece of furniture that becomes an elegant companion. Empty, its reflections give it airs of soap bubble. Once comfortably installed, the chair embrace with delicacy the forms of his/her host. Designed by Johan Campanello, Swedish designer, the "Liaison Chair" shows the artistic potential of metallic fabrics.

Copper textile

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Bubble panel

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De la mousse de bois pour isoler.
08 05 2015

Le Fraunhofer WKI vient d'obtenir le GreenTec Award du gouvernement Allemand pour ses recherches sur une mousse isolante produite à 100% à partir de poudre de bois. Pour obtenir ce matériau, les chutes de bois sont d'abord broyées jusqu'à en faire une pâte visqueuse. Du gaz y est ensuite injecté pour obtenir une mousse. Enfin, la préparation est durcie pour produire les plaques d'isolants finales. Pas de production pour l'instant, mais nous restons sur le pont, une fiche sera créée dès qu'un industriel se lancera, comptez sur nous!

Seaweed fibres

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Wood Foam

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Prize-winning 3D weaver
05 05 2015

Techtextil (a Frankfurt technical textiles große Messe) takes place this week, and materiO' will be there. To tease you, here is the winner of the inovation trophy 2015. The price is, logically, for the designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya for his 3D weaver, wich had made the headlines for weeks on design blogs.

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Technical embroideries for smart textiles

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3D multilayer structural cushion material

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The Play of Brilliants
21 04 2015

A Parisian visit trip we recommend: "The Play of Brilliants". An exhibition-experience just as much sensorial than emotional, a meeting made a success between art, design, architecture, technology and industry, with a main theme: light and colors. The visitor dives into a discovery journey, questioning its perceptions and interacting with brilliant, fascinating or contemplative installations, designed by about ten international creators. The dimension of the place - the famous Elephant Paname, a Napoleon III mansion - adds a timeless and almost decadent touch to this exhibition.

Lights, Elephant Paname, until May 31st, more information here

Dichroic 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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