We spend the majority of our time indoors: in our homes, at the office, in a restaurant or at the gym. Which interior offers the right environment to ensure the inhabitant of that environment can perform, enjoy, relax, learn or heal optimally? And which are the best materials, colours and finishes to achieve this?

The most important innovations involve a healthy environment with an optimal acoustics, lots of daylight, a healthy air quality, and a lot of green and natural materials that are low maintenance. The interior is flexible, playful, original, sustainable, circular and preferably multifunctional. From constructive bamboo to custom-made cast floors, from particulate matter catching carpets to recycled furniture, from luminescent ceilings to furniture made of seaweed and coffee, and even 3D printed floors and furniture. One thing is clear: the interior of the future will not be dull.

Our Interior ambassadors

Dutch designers and conceptual thinkers Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe of design studio Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe will represent the sector Interiors. The two joined forces in 1998 and ever since, they have been working and designing for cultural institutions and businesses that focus on the future. The studio creates designs to make a difference.


Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe gave a preview of the future of cars and created the look of the Dutch National Archive, but are also curators of multiple exhibitions themselves, and their work is featured in the collections of museums around the world. Partners and clients include Volvo, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Textielmuseum, Dutch Design Foundation and Design Academy Eindhoven.



Oesterplat is a tile collection made from marble and oyster shells, showing their mother-of-pearl shine as contemporary fossils. The name Oesterplat has been given in relation to how the oysters are still grown in the Netherlands.

Mute acoustic panels

These Mute acoustic panels are made from recycled PET bottles, which are turned into a soft but strong felt material.  The material’s corrugated shape is easy to install and minimises sound vibrations.

Plastic stone tiles

These so called Plastic Stone Tiles consist of postconsumer plastic waste.  The tiles are the result of an investigation of how lightweight post-consumer plastic packaging could be turned to look like natural stone.

Palmleather filigree rug

The Palmleather filigree rug is made of palmleather, a leather-like material made from the fibres of Areca Betel Nut Palm that grows in India. The rugs consist of strips of palm leather, applied upright to a base material, or rolled up to form tiles. The durable carpets and rugs are suitable for any living space.

Pressed colour glass

Pressed colour glass is made by using lightly coloured glass combined with coarse relief on one side, resulting in a surface that creates a dynamic play of light. The surface changes from transparent to deeply coloured, depending on the viewing angle. The glass can be produced with various types of relief and any colour glass.


Special items

Several large exhibition pieces – often never shown to the public before – were exhibited during the trade fair, showing the visitor a glimpse of the future. What was shown?


In the meat industry, cow stomachs are regarded as waste. However, for designer Billie van Katwijk, the rich, organic textures of these intestines are a fascinating material. Each of the four stomachs of a cow has a different structure, depending on their function. By tanning the stomachs in a special way, Van Katwijk created unique types of leather.


By combining seaweed and recycled paper, Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt developed a new, sustainable material. It is best described as a warm and tactile surface with the softness of cork and the lightness of paper, which can be used for products and furniture. The colour of the material is determined by the different species of seaweed – ranging from dark brown to light green.


Wolwaeren, designed by Roland Pieter Smit, is a series wool blankets made by mentally or physically handicapped people. The weaving techniques reflect the disabilities of the creator. People with autism, for instance, work well with thin yarn, while people with Down syndrome work better with thicker yarns. All yarn used in the blankets is made from wool from Texel, a Dutch island.

Speaker programme

Material Xperience is known for its high-profile speaker programme, which includes renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers and other experts.

Thursday morning 15 March the speaker programme “The Future of Interior“ took place in the Material Xperience theatre. Speakers were Odette Ex (Ex Interiors), Simone de Waart (Material Sense), Nienke Hoogvliet, and Tjeerd Veenhoven.


Visit the programme page for more information.

Materials from the independent MaterialDistrict Collection

During this three-day event, MaterialDistrict showed the newest materials from its independent collection, which were scouted during the year before the exhibition. A small selection of materials:

Wood mosaic (WOO374)

This handmade wood mosaic consists of pieces of wood, connected by rubber. The mosaics are water-repellent, UV-resistant, and durable.

Cork rugs (ONA680)

These contemporary and functional design cork rugs are made of a combination of cork and natural fibres such as (recycled) cotton, linen, and wool. Cork has many interesting characteristics, such as being lightweight, waterproof and elastic.

Paper sculptures (ONA679)

These works of art are made from paper carrier bags, which are usually thrown away. The sculptures are made by combining traditional craft technique and a new technology, laser cutting.