Material ConneXion® and Material ConneXion Milano® to Exhibit
"Sustain Innovate" at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, April 22 - 27, 2009
New York, NY, April 2009 – New York-based global materials consultancy Material ConneXion will collaborate with Material ConneXion Milano to present “Sustain Innovate,” a dynamic showcase of the latest sustainable and innovative materials at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, from April 22-27, 2009, between Halls 14 and 18.
Featuring more than 100 of today’s most cutting-edge materials and a selection of products made possible by these advancements, “Sustain Innovate” will provide invaluable insight into the material directions that are driving innovation and empowering design. The exhibition will focus on twelve key areas where recent material developments have made a significant impact: eco-effectiveness, fiber reinforcement, security, sound absorption, foam alternatives, advances in molding, translucency, functional and decorative surfaces, advances in leathers, heat and the biopolymer revolution.
A highlight of the exhibition will be a display of groundbreaking products that demonstrate an exceptional use of advanced materials and a clear commitment to the environment. Among these are adidas’ Lone Star Shoe, designed exclusively for Olympic athlete Jeremy Wariner, which contains multiple pioneering technologies including a customized high-strength textile sourced from Material ConneXion’s Materials Library and Klattermusen’s rECOver backpack, the world’s first 100% recycled nylon bag of its kind. A radical new fishing rod represents the latest in high-tech sustainable materials through its use of a newly developed nanofiber composite derived from carrots and the Isobeam Bike, which weighs less than 2.75 lbs, features a durable, highly efficient carbon fiber and Kevlar string frame built with state-of-the-art IsoTruss™ Technology.
Given the current state of the global economy, more and more companies are seeing innovation as the best way to accelerate growth. Sustainable practices, quickly becoming the mainstay in an increasingly eco-conscious world, are proving to be a viable business strategy as well, helping companies accelerate through the downturn by streamlining manufacturing processes and creating healthier, more efficient products. Innovative and sustainable design begins with the right material choices, and as the demand for advanced and environmentally responsible solutions grows, progressive, forward-thinking companies are turning to Material ConneXion for the materials expertise they need to stay competitive.
“Sustain Innovate” will allow visitors to discover, experience and explore the ecologically sound and advanced materials that are having the greatest global impact. To coincide with the exhibition, Material ConneXion will launch the third volume of Materials Matter, its annual exhibition compendium that includes an overview of the latest trends in the rapidly changing world of materials and an introduction to over 100 innovative and sustainable materials recently added to its Materials Library.
Above (Left to Right): Soli Gem MC# 4817-06 / Banana Plac MC# 5257-05 / Metal Architectural Surfaces / Octamold MC# 6320-01.
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||Materials Matter Vol. III ($30/20 €) is available for purchase here.
About Material ConneXion:
Material ConneXion is the leading global platform for material innovations and solutions. Built on the belief that Every Idea Has A Material Solution™, Material ConneXion is the trusted materials consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, smaller forward-thinking companies and government agencies seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge through strategic material selections. With offices in New York, Milan, Cologne, Bangkok, and Daegu, Korea, Material ConneXion’s international network of material specialists provide a global, cross-industry perspective on materials and their potential uses. Material ConneXion maintains the largest Materials Library of innovative materials and processes in the world—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of designers and architects and a vital tool for the development of design, industry and economy.