“Materials Culture” Special Event

Exhibition on materials innovations for new workplaces from diverse cultural spheres.

Under the motto “Culture@Work”, ORGATEC 2018 is dealing with the development of workplaces in different professional groups, industries and countries. While positions in some companies are still firmly bound to an office environment, some professional fields are becoming increasingly liberated from fixed working hours and a specific desk space. At ORGATEC 2018, Koelnmesse outlines the processes that will change the world of work in future and exhibits new products for interiors.

Architects, designers and producers have more and more innovative materials at their disposal today, and these vary widely in terms of the cultural influences in the country of production, the resources available and the production methods used. More and more frequently we see a rediscovery of traditional manufacturing methods and materials, which – when transferred to the modern digital workplace – offer special design options. Subtle distinctions in the innovation cultures influence producers as they develop new materials solutions, and interior designers as they create sophisticated spaces.

After the huge success of the “Smart Office Materials” special area in the last two editions of ORGATEC, the Berlin-based trend agency HAUTE INNOVATION has been commissioned in 2018 with the realisation of a special area dedicated to “Materials Culture”, bringing together the latest innovations on the intersections between cultures for visitors.

Designers, architects, planners and developers can expect exciting innovations in four focus areas:

  • BioComposites with bowls of eggs, nuts and cocoa beans (Rania Elkalla, Egypt)
  • Eukalyptus Board (Pladec, Portugal)
  • Karuun Rattan Composite (out of space, Bavaria/Indonesia)
  • Furniture form Lava Material (Buzao, Japan)
  • Tresta Material made from grape remains (Katharina Hölz, Germany)

  • Algae Foam (Vivobarefoot, London)
  • LAAB: Lamps made from fallen leaves (MIYUCA, Italy)
  • Green lacewing silk (Fraunhofer IAP, Potsdam)
  • Concrete with bio-based reinforcement from Africa (BAM, Berlin)
  • Furniture made from thistle fibers (Kizis Arcitects, Athens)

  • Pelafken light from sea grass (Documentary Design, Chile)
  • Burn it Chair (Hochschule Mainz)
  • Pressed metal structures (Istanbul`dan, Turkey)
  • Wild silk textiles (CPALI, Madagaskar)
  • Cloud Wool fabric made of European sheep’s wool (Doppelhaus, UK)

  • Laser-treated MDF (Sublidot, CH)
  • Frames from super stable high-tech Woods (Lignoa, Dresden)
  • Inflatable Wood (Arca, France)
  • 4D Textiles (ITA, RWTH Aachen)
  • Wooden helmet made of nano cellulose foam (Cellutech, Sweden)