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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Laser version of Poum poum tchak
19 02 2015

These luminescent headphones look like Star Wars or Tron accessories. The cable does not only conduct music but light as well, pulsing in rythm with what you are actually listening to or in rythm with your heart beats. It can also flash so that you know you are receiving a call or a message ! Not a traditional electroluminescent cable but an optical fiber strongly diffusing light. The light source is LEDs, hidden in a small control box. GLOW is now available on kickstarter, in green, blue and red for 150$. 

Electroluminescent Wire

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Fiber optic lighting harness

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Friday 13 + Valentine's day Special offer
11 02 2015

You cant wait to become a member of matériO and have access to the 7048 ID cards indexed inour database ? Today is your lucky day !
Enjoy our Friday 13 + Valentine's day Special offer: all our membership options with a -13% discount ! Valid until February 14, 2015 at midnight, for any first membership purchased. Registrations online

Marketing material for looking-to-be-famous DJs
10 02 2015

A collection of clothes to avoid paparazzis stocking you all day ! This revolutionary textile (glass nanospheres, incredible) is supposed to reflect flash lights so much that pictures become unexploitable, as the press release claims. Well the thing is that in fact, those are not nanospheres, they are microbeads, less glamorous. And the fact is that it does not only work with flash lights, but with any direct poweful light source, such as car lights, shop windows, etc. So basically, if you were expecting to go un-noticed... you could not go more wrong as you will be the only one visible ! Finally, let's be honest, our social-narcistic-network era pushes us much more toward improving our selfies rather than avoiding pictures... But if you are still interested by this type of reflective textiles, we have several references in our database... and not only on textiles, but on concrete, tape, paint and even leather !
The video to watch here, but real problems are probably somewhere else, don't you think ?

Reflective film

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Concrete and glass beads

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Polyamide/Elasthane fabric

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Photosynthesis, from floor to ceiling !
09 02 2015

Two amazing projects from Ackroyd and Harvey, two artists from London who use natural grass and photosynthesis in their work. On one hand, an exhibition "pictures on grass" showed at the 104 in Paris and on the other hand an installation in Dilston Grove church in England, where each walls were covered by a growing natural grass. An astonishing project, with the use of a layer of clay, seeds and water... Patience and light... The artist website here

Natural moss panels

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Argentic print on concrete

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How to retain the rain...

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A paper taking shape under your eyes !
07 02 2015

A Canadian student (Ata Sina) from UCB university has come up with a principle (simple, at the end) to shape in 3D a paper sheet. A revolution for the packaging field !
Watch the video here

Matériaux thermo-rétractables

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Stretchable Paper

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Facade concrete

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The 6 most amazing materials for the future, all available at matériO
31 01 2015

An Gizmodo article, listing the 6 most incredible materials, which will change our world. Quite pleasing for us as these materials were already inside our database, some even for quite a long time already, except the Stanene supraconductor as it is not industrially produced yet. Is the geek blog a little bit out of it or is in fact matériO the real "place to be" to observe the world, starting today ?For those in need of catching up, read the Gizmodo article here...

Transforms heat into electricity !

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Transparent solar cell using dyes

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Silica aerogel

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A real Harry Potter invisibility cloak?

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Polymer spontaneously heals itself

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Transparent colored photovoltaïc glass

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Ze Frühstück is back!
22 01 2015

Petit rappel... pour ceux d’entre vous qui auraient raté cette annonce dans notre dernière newsletter… matériO’ redémarre ses fameux frühstücks, rendez-vous mensuel d’une heure avec nos membres afin de rester up-to-date sur les innovations matières. Ze Frühstück, cela se passe tous les derniers jeudi du mois, au showroom matériO’ et autour d’un café-croissants-jus-d’orange. Des dizaines de matériaux extra-ordinaires et fraichement reçus que nous souhaitons vous faire découvrir. Jeudi 29 janvier, nous en profiterons aussi pour vous présenter notre nouveau showroom classieux, son nouveau classement psycho-rigide, son Wall of Fame détonnant. Donc incrivez-vous vite, pour une heure de découvertes le 29 janvier prochain, de 9h à 10h. Réservé à nos membres... L'occasion, si vous ne l'avez pas encore fait, de vous abonner !!!
Si vous êtes membre et intéressé, inscription obligatoire sur hello@materio.com

The 'Wunderbar' of the 2015 CES show
07 01 2015

The last geek-meet (the 2015 CES show) brought its load of flexible mobile phones, ultra-connected cars or anti-attack bras and several material-oriented proposals which drew our's attention such as how 'mature' is the offer in terms of textiles with integrated sensors (d-shirt), how electronic inks are being used in architecture or how there is an incrasingly wider range of materials used in 3D printing processes (metal-filled polymers, wood, stone, ceramic...)

Textile with embedded sensors

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Electronic Ink for architecture

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Happy NY, and Save Ze Date!
04 01 2015

Comme chaque année, mais exceptionnellement avec un mois de retard pour cause de déménagement, matériO vous invite à partager son pain d’épices maison le mardi 6 janvier, de 14h à 18h, au 8 rue Chaptal 9eme. Vous pourrez en profiter pour découvrir son nouveau showroom, son nouveau mode d’archivage, ses nouvelles trouvailles matières, et poser toutes les questions nécessaires sur ses différents services.

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