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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Vu au MoMA cet été...
20 08 2014

Vu à la boutique du MoMa de New-York cet été quelques objets qui pourraient être directement issus du showroom matériO'. De superbes verres de table avec un traitement dichroïque à la base pour un très bel effet arc-en-ciel, une lampe de poche solaire alimentée par des lentilles photovoltaïques sphériques au rendement particulièrement efficace,  un réveil recouvert d'un placage bois ultra-fin et donc ultra-translucide, ou le fameux pouf Sacco avec ses millions de micro-billes polystyrène qui assurent un confort optimal.
Pour la boutique du MoMA, c'est par ici...

Dichroic glass filtres

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Spherical micro solar cell

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Micro-Thin Veneer

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PSE Balls

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They took part in the development of our database.
30 07 2014

Washi, washi. If Charlotte doesn't got any Japanese origin, you can fine some rigor of greats artisan from the land of the rising sun in the diligence she put in her material record. Mix of tradition and modernity, as Charlotte, those Washi paper cocoons hold its well kept secret.

3D washi

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Back to paleolitic sensations
22 07 2014

Don't worry, you will not need any squire to put those shoes on ! You will feel free to go bare feet everywhere without hurting your feet. Those coat of mail shoes are light, skid-proof and ultra-breathable. It is all about feeling earth once again, to get a better body contact with your environment. These shoes do not fear water and will protect your feet from gravel or little sharp glass pieces. The coat of mail is made of stainless steal and as a 1,4mm sole thickness. Paws (2mm) are available to customize the sole. To enjoy such a paleolithic freedom, it will only cost you 160€.
More information here.

Chainmail

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Hemp plastic

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Steel chainmail

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3D printed oriented fibres composite
19 07 2014

In the matter world, resistance usually goes hand in hand with density. A metal is heavy and strong, a foam is light but it's mechanical properties are much lower. A few counter examples such as balsa have low density and excellent mechanical properties, because of it cellular microstructure which is made of a mix between cellulose fibers and lignin. While inspired of this example, searchers from Harvard University developed a cellular composite epoxy/carbon 3D printed, lighter than balsa, stiffer than concrete. The method of manufacture being numerical and automatic, the materials can be produced on demand and precisely elaborated depending on the specification needs. For more technical precisions, follow this link

Periodic cellular materials

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Semi rigid balsa panel

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Honeycomb flooring

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Eco-friendly to the tip of your nose !
19 07 2014

A beautiful pair of sunglasses imagined by the designer Sam Whitten, using a process well known in the automobile industry. A hemp fibre felt is soaked with a bio-sourced resin, which is then pressed/heated/formed/cut out to obtain 3D pieces. The environmental dimension is a little bit anecdotal, but always as effective, marketing wise, making it possible to show their eco-friendliness on the tip of their noses.  
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Pressed natural fibres

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Reinforced polymers with natural fibres

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Cellulose Panels

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Kinetic Wind Veil
15 07 2014

San Franciscan artist Ned Kahn has covered a 260' long and 6 story high parking facade in Charlotte, North Carolina, with 80 000 hinged small aluminum panels that move freely with the wind. The effect created is breath-taking, the wall almost looks like it's breathing. In addition to the incredible visual effects, the structure provides shade and ventilation inside the whole building, with an intricate light pattern, similar to moving leaves. Ned Kahn has imagined many other similar installations, very often involving invisible aspects of nature, such as wind, fog, light and so on.
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3D Pixel Image

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Photovoltaïc and piezoelectric leaves

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Concrete, but incredibly flexible!

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Metallic fabric

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Fossilized natural fiber in furniture !
08 07 2014

Wiktoria Szawiel, former student of the Design Academy Eindhoven, designed a collection of milky resin furniture, with grass, plant, wood, wicker or rattan trapped in it. The beauty of her collection lies in the opposition of the natural and the artificial. Once the resin is poured in the moulds or over a structure, the shapes are then sanded down to reveal the inner patterns. She mixed resins in different proportions for each piece, to create various textures and opacities. For now, Wiktoria has only designed chairs, stools and tables, but she is currently working on vases and containers ; to be continued !
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Resin panels with encapsulated materials

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Bamboo panel

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Fiberglass resin

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Wall covering

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Ice, the new steel ?
13 06 2014

Created by british inventor Geoffrey Pyke, Pykrete was used during WWII while steel was in short supply. It's a mixture of sawdust and water, that melts very slowly and is resisting to shattering once frozen, but it faded when the war ended. Last year, students of the Eindhoven University of Technology used it to build the world's largest ice dome. Using an inflatable dome, students and professors sprayed the mixture, creating a free standing 98 feet span structure. 
The next project is to build a smaller version of the Sagrada Familia in Juuka, Finland, one of the coldest places in Europe. The project will start in September, when the temperatures start to drop, but the team is worried, Juuka had one of the warmest winters on record last year. Let's hope for a freezing winter !
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Cement impregnated fabric

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Fake ice blocks

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