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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Don't be shy on the decibel side!
01 04 2015

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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Antibacterial film

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natural salmon leather

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I'm smiiilin' in the rain
31 03 2015

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 :) ?

The water sworn enemy

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Hydrochromic pigments

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Sew a light
26 03 2015

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.
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Technical embroideries for smart textiles

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Recycled tape-made fabric

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Flexible light

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Last Call pour Ze Frühstück demain!
24 03 2015

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 hello@materio.com

A spray light.

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Medical hydrogel

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Impression 3D ultra-rapide et solide

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Periodical or stochastic metallic foam

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Fiber tapes

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Des lunettes pour être à la page...
21 03 2015

Une nouvelle paire de lunettes proposée par Shwood, lunetier américain déjà évoqué lors de la sortie de sa gamme de montures en "pierre fine" (brève avril 2013). Cette fois-ci, c'est avec le papier journal que les ateliers ont décidé de jouer. Ils reconstituent tout d'abord des troncs avec du papier journal enroulé/collé, puis le débitent en plaquettes afin d'usiner les faces de lunettes. On retrouve alors les veines et le fil du bois, un retour au sources en quelques sortes pour ce papier recyclé. Vu les matières utilisées pour ses gammes, Shwood est sans doute membre de matériO !
La vidéo d'explication est très claire, à voir ici

Wood made of newspapers

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Wall covering

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25 matériaux extra-ordinaires en lumière...
17 03 2015

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

Glass and strass

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Cast PMMA sheet

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Concrete and glass beads

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Composites in a new light
10 03 2015

A superb exhibition design by IDA for this "Composite for a Better Living" exhibition featured by the JEC fair (March, 10-12 2015) Not that my praise would have anything to do with the fact that matériO is one of the participants with a large panel displaying about 15 materials specifically linked to the composite field... The space is large and clear, well designed and the visit very educational. Icing on the cake: I met two manufacturers I have been stocking for year asking them samples and they promissed they will finally send us samples in the coming weeks!
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Strong and light fabric

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Filament winding

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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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