The new interior is the perfect environment to express our identity, stimulate our senses, and make work and relaxing easier and more pleasant. Choosing the right materials ensures a healthy environment with optimal acoustics, healthy daylight, low-maintenance, good air-quality, and responding to the needs of the user. The interior is flexible, sustainable and circular, and preferably multifunctional.
The demands for offices, school, healthcare, houses, and cultural institutes keep on developing and offer chances for material development in the field of environment, appearance, economy, safety, use, and maintenance.
RETROSPECT MATERIAL XPERIENCE 2018
In 1994, Odette Ex founded Ex Interiors. Since then, the agency has grown into a leading, internationally operating firm where complicated projects are tackled with a genuine specialist passion.
Odette studied at Utrecht school of arts (1985-1990), receiving a honourable mention from the Dutch association of interior architects at her graduation. Continuing her studies at the Dutch State Academy of Fine Arts (1991-1993), she focused on the area between architecture and visual arts. From this field of focus, Ex Interiors was founded.
Ex Interiors is an aspiring, personal and professional firm. It has experience in designing for new building projects, restorations and renovations and works for various clients in sectors such as healthcare, education, hospitality, stores and shops, offices and consumers.
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.
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.