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.

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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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Where do they look for that ?
21 09 2014

You may have your own opinion about the last Apple proposals, but there is a constant in the product communication : the prevalence of the material speech. Last example, the Watch : a revolutionary sapphire screen (already used for ages in clock industry), watch straps made out of crazy materials, and all of that claimed with an "Amazing" ! emphasis. Caricatural, but also highly effective. All this little treasures (and lot of others) are hidden in the database, try to find it !

The last "Apple" revolution here.

Crystal boule

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Magnetic fastening systems

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Innovative metallic alloy

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A technic elastomer that resists to everything (or almost) ...

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11 09 2014

No no, you're not dreaming, it truly is a green beard ! Romain tried to fool us with his fake cotton candy beard ! It is actually a kind of wool made out of plastic, the same centrifugation process as cotton candy is used, but instead of sugar, the fibers are produced from recycled thermoplastics. He deserves all the credit he can get, he is the one who succeeded in getting a sample of this plastic cotton candy !  

Plastic wool

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Exposition Yonel Lebovici, à voir absolument !
28 08 2014

Une belle exposition des oeuvres les plus emblématiques de Yonel Lebovici, durant un mois (du 5 septembre au 5 octobre 2014), à la Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, 5 rue Bonaparte, Paris 75006. matériO est lié historiquement et sentimentalement à cet artiste, nous avons cotoyé avec bonheur ses oeuvres lorsque le showroom avait comme adresse parisienne le square de Vergennes. Les "fiches Male/Femelle", la "Pince Sans Rire", la lampe "Soucoupe Grand Modèle"... que d'excellents souvenirs.

Plus de précisions en contactant la Galerie Chastel-Maréchal

Recycled aluminum is made from carcasses of planes

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Want a game box to wash the dishes?
21 08 2014

You may not notice it anymore but constant ventilation ensured by our computers can get on nerves at the end. It is however necessary to evacuate the heat chips are generating. A German company has found a quite drastic though elegant solution for the cooling system attached to the game box they developped: a copper foam block is positionned on top of the electronic device. The open cells of the foam offer a large surface of heat dissipation, air circulates perfectly through it. The cooling effect is 500 times more efficient than a traditional blade radiator. No more ventilator, no more noise, but a nice scouring-pad-like sponge in copper...
Pre-order here

Metal Foam

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Thermal Solution - heat sink graphite

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Seen at the MoMa shop this summer
20 08 2014

Seen at the MoMa shop this summer in New York, several objects which you could have just taken out of our shelbes: splendid drinking glasses with a dichroïc surface treatment creating a rainbow effect, a solar flashlight powered by spherical photovoltaïc lenses with a very efficient energy output, a translucent alarm clock covered with an ultra-thin wood veneer or the famous bean bag, full of tiny polystyrene beads to ensure optimal comfort.
To access the MoMa shop website, click here

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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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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