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“Smart Materials for better Design“: exciting material innovations in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen

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In an age of increasing visualisation and digitalisation, the sensory experience of one’s own environment is of particular significance. The materials in the products that surround us in our daily lives are therefore our link to reality – they make it tangible. For this reason, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany presents the exhibition “Smart materials for better Design” from 19 November 2015 until 10 January 2016. It shows intelligent materials, new products and surprising detail solutions which are both sensible and sensory.

Ever new developments in materials allow designers and manufacturers to explore new design and production application areas. As such, materials act as the driving force for product innovation, technological progress and economic success. In the form of well thought-out products, they play a role in improving our quality of life.

From nanotech materials and organoid surfaces to components for the furniture industry, the “Smart Materials for better Design” exhibition showcases around 80 innovations and invites visitors to discover materials which open up new possibilities for designing future living and housing spaces. All the exhibits have received a prize in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 in the “Materials and surfaces” category or in the “interzum award: intelligent material & design 2015”. Some have even won awards at both competitions.

The exhibition addresses both a professional audience and design fans. “Smart Materials for better Design” offers a comprehensive source of inspiration especially for designers and manufacturers, and invites visitors to discover materials. The vernissage takes place in the course of the conference “Smart Materials for future Design” on 18 November 2015.

Special exhibition “Smart Materials for better Design”
19 November 2015 – 10 January 2016

Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site
Areal A [Schacht/Shaft XII], Kesselhaus [A7]
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen

Conference “Smart Materials for future Design”
Professional event in German language

18 November 2015
Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Further information:

Press contact:
Marie-Christine Sassenberg
Senior Communications Manager
Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen
Phone +49 201 30104–43
E-mail: m.sassenberg(at)