Material Designers is a platform and consultancy aimed at researchers, teachers, students, companies and startups, based on experimentation, design and engineering to innovate through materials. The platform uses an applied approach to investigate how the materials in our environment can be understood transversally, from a social, cultural, sustainable and technological perspective.
Research projects in the European Innovation arena or for companies and startups, or academic projects, we have guided hundreds of projects and provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise that helps both the ecological and Green Deal transition as well as innovating in new ways of interaction between people and our surroundings.
Not only doctors, consultants, and undergraduate and graduate students conform and profit from this knowledge platform of publications and projects, but also from the more than 800 samples, classified into four tribes or collections of materials (circular, smart & advanced, cultural and basic) that conform the Material Designers commercial and experimental sample collection located at the Elisava’s Enric Bricall library. Instead of being a passive space, where samples cannot be touched or perceived, we allow for students, professionals and corporate agents to interact and use the ‘learning by touching and doing’ approach.
+ Circular Materials presents materials that integrate circular aspects and allow processes in nature to be mimicked using raw materials such as waste or cultivated products.
+ Smart & Advanced Materials shows how materials have the ability to transform energy and adapt to the environment by changing their properties, and how their potential for lightness allows the amount of matter to be reduced for better efficiency and effectiveness.
+ Cultural Materials brings together materials that interpret history, traditions and society, typical of our immediate environment and our territory, where crafts play an important role.
+ Finally, Basic Materials are essential pieces, materials that are consistently used over time. They are versatile materials and a knowledge of them serves as a starting point to foster creativity in designers.