Material Vision is not yet another materials exhibition. This biannual event has an exclusive focus on a design oriented audience in order to push the opportunities of new materials and technologies in product development.
This year's exhibition comes with a conference including lectures by recognized designers such as Tobias Adami (Hannes Wettstein), Ville Kokkonen (Artek), and Damian O'Sullivan (presenting his solar lampion). Rumours say Chris Lefteri himself -- known for his "Materials for Inspirational Design" book series -- will be moderating the conference! Further, 30 companies will party hard after receiving the prestigious Design Plus Award, a recognition for products that show leadership in innovative applications of materials.
As if this is not enough, behind this year's Material Vision event there is actually a bigger fish called Nanotech + Material Week, which is clustering Nanotechnologieforum Hessen, NanoSolutions, Material Vision and Chemical Nanotechnology Talks, forming an international platform for nanotechnologies and new materials in Europe.
The Nanotech + Material Week kicked off today (20-23 November). Material Vision takes place this Thursday and Friday in Frankfurt, Germany. We considered this material hotspot is definitely worth checking out, so stay tuned for our upcoming galleries.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.