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.