(Material) Roots with Aart van Bezooijen and Paula Raché

January 24, 8:30am - 10:00am CET. Hosted at SinnerSchrader

part of a series on Roots


About the speaker

Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch material expert. In 2005, he founded Material Stories, an agency that offers material consulting, material research, innovation workshops, lectures and trend reports. Since 2012, he works as professor for material and technology transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design establishing the university’s material collection.

Paula Raché is a graphic designer and researcher born in Berlin. Paula works as freelance designer and focuses on connecting design with society to encourage people’s critical and creative thinking. She joins Material Stories for projects that include graphic, packaging and exhibition design.

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This talk will be in ENGLISH

Material Stories supports the right choice of materials at the early stage of the design process. We foster tutoring on materials and trends, share updated publications, and grow a collection of the most remarkable materials from around the world.

Based on the ROOTS theme we will make a selection of our favorite “root based” materials demonstrating the role of growth in the context of more sustainable design. A good example are the branches of mushrooms (mycelium) which are grown and developed into useful materials already finding their applications in packaging, temporary installations, architectural buildings and even outer-space solutions.

Unlike materials scientists, we are exploring material and processes in the context of society and culture. For instance, the ongoing digitalisation is changing our relationship with artefacts and requires us to (re)consider the meaning of materials. With a closer look at responsive materials we will showcase a few installations where digital worlds and human experience come together.

We are here to inspire and inform you about emerging materials and their ecological benefits. We’ll do this by sharing our personal experiences, case studies, and tangible material samples.