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Material ConneXion: The Global Resource of New and Innovative Materials for Architects, Artists and Designers

ISBN: 978-0-471-75403-9
288 pages
November 2005
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From the largest global resource of new materials comes this innovative new book that connects materials to designers' needs. In each of the seven main sections, this highly illustrated book identifies key trends, looks to the future, and helps design professionals select materials with the most potential for their specific projects. By defining a material based on its base composition rather than current use, Material ConneXion allows a designer to fully understand the potential and limitations for a material while conceiving of its new application. Organized to follow the model of the Material ConneXion library, the book's chapters are organized on seven base compositions including: Metals, Glass, Ceramics, Polymers, Natural and naturally derived materials,Carbon-based materials, Cement-based materials.

The book includes quotes from 54 leading designers, architects, artists and thinkers worldwide, including Wolfgang Joop, Karim Rashid, Peter Marino, Greg Lynn, Gaetano Pesce, and Philippe Starck, that reflect upon the role of materials in contemporary design and identify their favorite materials. Additionally, the book includes an important reference section with a bibliography, glossary of technical terms, and lists of trade show and professional publication web sites.

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Table of Contents



Using This Book.

1. Carbon-Based.

2. Cement.

3. Ceramics.

4. Glass.

5. Metals.

6. Naturals.

7. Polymers.


What the Materials Gurus Say.



Trade Shows—Professional Publications.


Photographic Credits.


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Author Information

GEORGE M. BEYLERIAN, as founder and President of Material ConneXion, directs a dedicated staff in New York and oversees licensees in Cologne and Milan. Beylerian founded Material ConneXion to increase awareness of innovative materials among architects, interior designers, product designers, and fashion designers, as well as the design and production industries at large.

ANDREW DENT directs Material ConneXion’s research into innovative materials and processes.

ANITA MORYADAS is an exhibitions curator and design writer whose most recent book is John Pawson: Themes and Projects

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"Those involved in crafts and designs will find this invaluable book is both practical and inspiring." (Bellaonline.com, April 20, 2006)

"If you see a new material, it’s like a key that opens a door. Behind the door there’s a kind of new world, filled with new people, new figures, new ideas, new visions."
—Wolfgang Joop, Fashion Designer, Hamburg, Germany

"My favorite materials are one that can be almost immaterial in appearance – glass or plastics. Plastics provide the most varied performances, finishes, and diverse properties. They inspire me to create fluid, soft, organic, almost human form."
—Karim Rashid, Industrial Designer, New York

"Materials are the building blocks… Innovation in Materials is Innovation in Architecture and Design."
—Peter Marino, Architects and Interior Designer, New York

"Each new material allows you to bring life to a new concept."
—Philippe Starck, Designer, Paris, New York, London

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