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!

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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...)

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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.

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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.

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La maigre récolte de Milan
20 04 2014

Pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent pour matériO' au dernier salon de Milan, nous avons néanmoins remarqué l'esthétique protozoaire des lampes en textile tridimensionnel phosphorescente du studio Bernotat&Co, la bonne conscience de la table avec plateau photovoltaïque de Marjan Van Aubel, l'élégance délicate des luminaires en lithophanie céramique de Betty Lewis-Williams.

Glow in the dark yarn

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Transparent solar cell using dyes

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Exposition "Sous pression", expo à voir !
09 04 2014

Si vous avez la chance ces temps ci (enfin, vous avez jusqu'au 14 septembre 2014) d'être à Paris, nous vous recommandons chaudement d'aller faire un tour au Musée des Arts Décoratifs pour voir et apprendre sur la technique du bois densifié (humidifié/chauffé/compressé). Un bois tendre comme le sapin devient aussi dense et résistant que de l'Ipe, les essences thermo-formées restent stables dans le temps, tout cela sans aucun ajout de substance chimique. L'EPFL et l'ECAL ont exploré la technique dans ses derniers retranchement, puis 6 designers s'en sont emparé pour imaginer quelques applications judicieuses, jouant sur ses caractéristiques mécaniques comme esthétiques, ou son état de surface particulier.

Pour plus d'infos, c'est ici

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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The 2014 CES matériO's harvest
19 01 2014

Our annual harvest from Las Vegas CES 2014, THE geek show... Our trained eye for materials focused on several things this year:
• Generalization of transparent photovoltaïc films, initially launched to equip smartphones and pads in order to liberate ourselves from the mains supply and which are now moving to buildings (transparent photovoltaïc windows), backlighted advertisement boards and car windshields.
• 3D printing, with machines now especially designed to print candies out of sugar and water.
• Glass, ever thinner (35 microns, worldwide record), becoming fully flexible. A quality appreciated for flexible screens.
• Finally, super-hydrophobic coatings, now applied on textile as well. If your phone falls in the pool, you'll be able to fetch it without getting wet!

Hydrophobic Nanocoating

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Just the thinner glass in the world!

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Photovoltaic lens surface

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First-ever edible sugar and chocolate 3D printer!

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Out of the box!
14 01 2014

A interesting article from Industrie & Technologies featuring first, a short history of cardboard, reminding us of its properties and then a video highlighting the project of two American students (Chris Curro et Henry Wang) who just developped THE cardboard packaging for the next decade, easy to shape, easy to open and material-efficient.
French article here
video here

Corrugated board

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Honeycomb cardboard

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