Due to increasing digitalization and large numbers of technological innovations, the society is currently undergoing a massive change. New systems of communication and production are having an effect on our working culture in particular and are making the workplace more flexible. Where we used to have a largely standardized office atmosphere, we now talk about open workspaces for creative workers in the knowledge-based society of tomorrow. Innovations in materials support this trend and enable the workplace to be more sustainable, more multifunctional and somewhat smarter. Surface materials react to the influences of the environment, show the room temperature or the amount of pollution in the air. They are used for the generation of energy or to measure the movements of logistics systems as they pass by.
Materials smell, chime and taste...
In this special event, the experts from Haute Innovation demonstrated the potential offered for the working environment by the latest innovations in materials. They presented about new sources of raw materials for manufacturers and planners, sketching out scenarios for the deployment of intelligent materials in the context of the smart office or smart home and outlining the opportunities for additive manufacturing in the furniture industry. New lightweight construction solutions will facilitate swift responses to changes in work situations and contribute to the conservation of resources.
The first confirmed highlights of the special event were:
- Potato Furniture (Jarrell Goh, Singapur)
- Fungi Mutarium: plastic-eating mushrooms (Livin Studio, Wien)
- 3D-printed textiles made from nylon (digits2widgets, London)
- Self Assembly Furniture (Noumenon Design, Belgien)
- Biological wires from electrically conductive cotton (Dr. Filipe Natalio, MLU Halle)
- Wooden Leather (Marlène Huissoud, London)
- Hollow cellulose spheres (Cellutech, Stockholm)
- Sound chair made out of sonically conductive carbon fibre (Innfa, Stuttgart)
- Touch & Smell Glass Tiles (Thai Ceramic, Thailand)
- Electrifying Concrete for Smart Home Systems (Thorsten Klooster, Prof. Heike Klussmann, University Kassel)