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
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
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!
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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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 :) ?
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.
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 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
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