Material Xperience on Tour – UK

Materia is returning to London, U.K. this spring for the second edition of May Design Series. From May 18th – 20th, Materia will be displaying a selection of the most innovative interactive materials for the building and design community.

The Material Xperience On Tour theme for May Design Series, The Smart Environment, ties in strongly to current trends in the world of design. We’re going to focus on interaction. We’re asking how materials work and what they can do for us.

Split across three themes, the interactive materials are all examples of smart materials. Whether they respond in a creative or useful way to external stimuli, or add new technology to existing materials, or simply apply lessons from nature to a designed material, each of the over 100 materials on display has an intelligent innovation to add to the designed and built world.

The Material Xperience On Tour concept includes a selection of our partners. These  partners include Acosorb, Eeuwenhout, Esthec, Foreco, Made a Mano, Mosa and Plexwood. Together with our other partners, they will be showcasing their latest products, all suited to the built environment.

Examples of the materials on show at May Design Series 2014 include Newspaperwood, a ‘wood’ that is indeed made of newspapers, a leather made of mushroom spores, thermochromic foils, self-healing polymers, anti-bacterial ‘shark’ foils and 2,5 D printed surfaces. Materia will also introduce its ‘Discover’ concept to the UK public. A high-resolution camera will provide visitors with much more insight, as well as a few surprises, about some of the most innovative materials on show.

Materia experts will also be present during the show to provide visitors with further information and  connections to relevant partners. In addition, Materia’s creative director Els Zijlstra will lecture on Smart Materials in Architecture on18th May.

Material Xperience On Tour will exhibit at the front of the main hall of the London ExCeL. We hope to see you in London!