On 15 April 2016 Het Nieuwe Instituut organised a European New Materials Network Meeting during the Milan Furniture Fair in partnership with Materfad: Materials Centre (Barcelona) and Happy Materials (Prague). This was the first step in the formation of an international network for knowledge exchange about materials innovation and design in relation to sustainability. Twenty-four participants from nine countries spent the afternoon talking about research, activities, experiences and ambitions in relation to networking and partnerships in this field. The meeting took place in the exhibition RESET by Royal Academy of Art (KABK).
The participants in the meeting were Het Nieuwe Instituut; Materfad; Happy Materials; Stichting DOEN; Material Stories; BNO (The Association of Dutch Designers); Associazione Design Industriale (ADI); Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti; the Design & Living Systems Lab and the MA in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins; Material Archive; Materialscout; Designaffairs, matériO, Made of...; the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology; Material ConneXion® Italia; Triwu; Chris Lefteri Design Ltd; Material Archive; MATREC - sustainable Materials and Trends; Officina Corpuscoli; MaterialDesignLab at KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology; Haute Innovation; Material ConneXion Bilbao and the School of Design and the ‘Giulio Natta’Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.
Following the network meeting, Het Nieuwe Instituut and seven of the participants were invited to give a presentation to the organisation of Salone Satellite on networking, research and activities relating to materials innovation, design and sustainability. This public New Materials > New Design Talk took place in the Salone Satellite Open auditorium on 14 April.
International Materials & Design Network
Within the advancing international network of innovation in materials, design and sustainability, a growing number of new collaborative projects is being set up. Examples of international collaborations include working visits by Dutch designers and international activities for the New Material Award. Het Nieuwe Instituut and international partners organize these activities to realize more market expansion in the design field, in so doing contributing to the internationalization of Dutch design practice.
Things and Materials programme track
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Things and Materials programme track includes the Series on Materials, a series of exhibitions in which a single material is examined from historical, speculative and sensory perspectives. Research by Het Nieuwe Instituut fellows into various materials has been made public through exhibitions, publications and films. Earlier projects have included WOOD: The Cyclical Nature of Materials, Sites and Ideas (fellow Dan Handel); PLASTIC: Promises of a Home-made Future (fellow Tal Erez) and GLASS: Engine of Progress (curated by Koehorst in 't Veld). The exhibition Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity, curated by William Myers, examined a broad range of projects that employ living systems for creative production within the arts and design.
The New Material Award is a biennial prize for materials innovation in the fields of art, design and architecture, established by Stichting Doen, Fonds Kwadraat and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The prize functions in two ways: every two years a jury selects two winners from the projects submitted, while the website acts as an archive and research resource, arranged into various categories. A selection of the submissions will be shown during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in 2016 and the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2017.
International Materials & Design Network
Alive. Active. Adaptive
Alive. Active. Adaptive. was an international conference organised under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) on 19 and 20 June 2017 in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The conference brought together design practitioners, researchers, architects and artists to discuss the future of emerging materials and its implications for design research and practice.
New Material Award
The New Material Award invites artists and designers to present designs that offer innovative solutions to the issues of today and the challenges of tomorrow. Each project should integrate new materials, or innovative ways of using materials.
Material Dialogue - Designblok 2016
Three Dutch designers will present their work at the Designblok 2016 in Prague from the 27th to 31st of October. They will also participate in the master class Happy Materials, working together with three Czech designers to engage in a dialogue.
The Materials Farm - FADfest 2016
Het Nieuwe Instituut cooperates with Materfad, materials center and FADfest, the All Design Festival in Barcelona. Within the context of the festival theme "Food, Sustainable Emergency and Design” three Dutch designers, three Spanish and three international designers participate in the program The Materials Farm - agriculture, food and living organisms: a source for new material.