Frequently Asked Questions about MaterialDistrict
What does MaterialDistrict do?
MaterialDistrict is a match-making platform connecting material manufacturers and distributors with creative professionals, such as (interior) architects, product and industrial designers. As an inspiration platform, MaterialDistrict provides information about materials to designers, who in turn can request information and samples from the manufacturer or supplier.
Does MaterialDistrict offer a free service?
MaterialDistrict is 100% free for creative professionals. You only have to sign up. Requesting information and samples is also free.
How can I sign up to your website?
Click on the button ‘Join’ in the upper right corner and follow the steps.
Manufacturer / supplier
Why should a brand join you?
MaterialDistrict is the world’s leading platform for innovative materials. By promoting your material(s) via our website, you come in contact with specifiers around the world.
What kind of brands can participate?
Brands with materials for spatial design can participate.
Can you add my material to the MaterialDistrict website?
Yes, we can! For this, we ask a hosting fee of €100 per material per year. You can submit your material here.
Can you promote my material or brand?
Yes, we can also do that! By promoting your brand via MaterialDistrict, your material can be seen by the 150,000+ creative professionals in our network. 80,000 users visit our website each month, 65,000 people subscribe to our newsletter, and more than 30,000 people follow us on social media. We offer various ways to promote your brand and/or material(s). You can see our promotional possibilities here, or you can contact our sales team.
I have one or more materials on MaterialDistrict.com, how can I update my information?
Send an email with the changes you would like to make to our editorial team.
How does MaterialDistrict support start-ups or young designers?
To support material innovation from star-ups and young designers, MaterialDistrict set up the MaterialDistrict Innovation Fund in 2018. Brands younger than five years old that create materials that meet our sustainability demands (in the fields of Energy Transition, Circularity, and/or Wellbeing) can apply for up to 75% subsidy for their participation in MaterialDistrict’s website, theme newsletters, or events.
Do you sell the materials on your website?
If you have found a material to your liking, use the button ‘Request information’ on the material page (below the photos) to contact the manufacturer or supplier of the material. If no such button is present, you can click on the link in the article directing to the manufacturer’s website.
How can I order samples?
By using the button ‘Request information’ on the material page (below the photos), we send your request directly to the manufacturer/supplier. We cannot guarantee that the manufacturer/supplier honours the request or when the samples are delivered. To increase your chances of getting samples, we recommend you provide as much information as possible about your project.
When can I expect my samples?
We cannot guarantee that the manufacturer/supplier honours the request or when the samples are delivered. To increase your chances of getting samples, we recommend you provide as much information as possible about your project.
How can I get more information about a material?
Use the button ‘Request information’ on the material page (below the photos) to contact the manufacturer directly with your questions. If no such button is present, you can click on the link in the article directing to the manufacturer’s website.
I have subscribed to MaterialDistrict, how can I update my information?
Please login to materialdistrict.com with your username and password. In the top right corner you will see ‘Howdy’ followed by your name. By placing your cursor over your name you will see a drop-down menu including the option ‘Edit your profile’.
How can I subscribe to the MaterialDistrict newsletter?
Click here to sign up for the newsletter.
Where can we meet?
If you want to meet us or see our collection, visit one of our trade shows or curated exhibitions around the world. You can find our upcoming events here. Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media for updates.
Do you have a permanent materials showroom?
MaterialDistrict does not have a permanent materials showroom.
How can I participate in a MaterialDistrict exhibition?
You can participate with MaterialDistrict’s trade show, the only annual event in the Netherlands that brings together material manufacturers and specifiers of materials in all sectors of spatial design (interior, architecture, garden & landscape, leisure, furniture & interior construction and exhibition, stage & decor). Participation starts at €250 with a material in the exhibition, or €2,600 for a stand. For more information, check the site of MaterialDistrict Utrecht or contact our sales team.