From furniture to laptops, from tableware to streetlights, and from penholders to television sets: the throughput of innovation is nowhere as present and visible as in the products that we use on a daily basis. Products that are replaced at an increasing speed create a surplus of waste on the other side. This means a new look on the design process, the material application and the use of new raw materials and processes is necessary.


Circularity demands recycled and biobased materials. But nanotechnology, smart materials, sensors, generating energy, loss of materials, digital production processes, user-friendliness are also themes that improve the performance of products, both in the work environment as in the residential environment.


Chances for material innovation lay with technical, aesthetical, haptic, conceptual, sustainable and cost-effective development.


Our Products-ambassador

Marcel Vroom

New business manager and senior industrial designer at NPK Design


Marcel Vroom is a renowned industrial designer and acknowledged for his technological insights and future product visions. He holds a degree of Master of Science in Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology.


At the moment Marcel Vroom is new business manager and senior industrial designer at NPK Design, a leading Dutch design consultancy based in Leiden. He is also partner of MVAVD, a Rotterdam based networked design office, which he co-founded in 1997. At the industrial design office of Landmark, which he co-founded in 1987 and joined for 10 years, he was director and design manager, responsible for a company of 10-20 employees. Between 1983 and 1987 he was partner of Concepts designers and head of the industrial design department.


During the last 30 plus years, many of Marcel Vroom’s professional and consumer products have been rewarded with awards for outstanding design. In 1995 he received the Kho Liang Ie award, the most prestigious design career award in the Netherlands.

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?




LignoLoc, developed by Beck Fasteners, are beech wood nails, strengthened by resin. The wooden nails are just as strong as their aluminium counterpart. Although they can be hammered into wood, it is better to use a specially developed nail gun, which generates heat through friction, melting the resin and welding the nail into the surrounding wood.

3D-geprinte plug

Making a production mould very time consuming and takes up a lot of material. First, a 1:1 model is milled out of polystyrene, which is in turn covered by glass fibre and epoxy paste. From this plug, the production mould is made, and then the plug no longer serves a use. Instead of making a plug in this way from composite, Nedcam is working on a way to 3D print plugs from thermoplastic instead, to make the process more sustainable.

Black Wave

This coffee table is the first item in our Black Wave series in which the beauty of organic curves are emphasised. The table is made from carbon fibre that is wound around a CNC milled mould using a robotic arm.

Speakers programme



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


Tuesday morning 13 March, the speaker programme “The Future of Products” took place in the Material Xperience theatre. Speakers were Anouk GroenRonald van Straten, Caroline Prisse (Tetterode)and Marcel Vroom.


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:


Bahia Denim (ONA682)

Bahia Denim, named after a Brazilian blue marble, is a material characterised by its visual illusion to marble. It is designed using denim production waste from the fashion industry. These textile offcuts are layered, adhered and carved to create intricate patterns.

Govaplast (PLA1114)

Govaplast is a type of plastic lumber, but containing no wood at all, as a replacement for wood and concrete. The material is turned into solid, high-quality recycled plastic profiles, both for interior and outside uses.

Karuun (ONA678)

Rat­tan’s structure is compara­ble to a bundle of tubes. The rat­tan palm can transport wa­ter up to 200 me­t­res th­rough its long capillaries. When the capillaries are injected wi­th various bulking agents, rat­tan is trans­formed from a wood wi­th limited use into a ver­satile, innovative mate­ri­al.