Leather Orange | © Elise Esser
Innovations range from almost market-ready to visionary
New areas of potential for furniture production and interior design arising from materials research.
Innovative materials and developments in materials technology have always influenced mankind. Incremental advances lead to huge changes in technology and society. Researchers and directors of major, successful international companies believe we are on the verge of the next meaningful shift. Materials research is making products and functions a reality that will bring about a new generation of products. Industry anticipates increasingly innovative materials, which are lighter, thinner, more compact, more flexible or more resistant to wear. At the same time, researchers are pushing the limits of what is feasible and creating materials with integrated functionality and digital options that will significantly change our everyday lives in a few years’ time. Designers and architects are increasingly turning their attention to the issue of an impending shortage of resources. They are conscious of the knowledge of old craftsman’s techniques that had been lost and the awareness of locally available plants or leftover materials. Material flows that were not of interest to industrial mass production are being rediscovered and returning to the fore as we develop a greater awareness of the need to close materials cycles.
With the slogan “Disruptive Materials – Changing the Future”, the agency and incubator for future materials and technology HAUTE INNOVATION from Berlin presented some of the latest materials innovations and disruptive technologies at interzum. The exhibition was divided into four main areas of focus: biological transformation, resource efficiency and sustainability, digital and smart materials, and production-related materials innovations. Featuring over 100 exhibits over 400 square metres, the “Disruptive Materials” piazza was among the major attractions at interzum.