Materia was founded in 1998 as a bridge between architects and manufacturers of innovative materials. It is built around a freely accessible, independent and inspiring collection of innovative materials. The criteria for inclusion in this collection are strict. The material has to add something new to the areas of aesthetics or technology, or be socially relevant in some other way.

The current collection consists of over 2,700 materials. Around this independent and continuously growing collection of exciting materials, Materia connects professionals through exhibitions, trade shows, conferences, and social media.