This exposition will take place from June till October 2012
Traditional approaches to materials selection often rely on previously used materials, which results in safe however limited solutions. Seeking alternatives particularly in a conceptual design phase leads designers to inspirational sources such as fairs, conferences and material exhibitions. In these inspirational sources, materials and products are presented as tangible samples which are also used as crucial references for ideas. Material samples also provide designers with the opportunity of experiencing the sensorial properties of materials which are considered one of the most vital aspects designers can harness for expressing certain ideas and notions through the materials of products.
The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IO) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has the ambition to develop a material library, to be visited by 20.000 design students, 3300 alumni and 1000 (international) companies every year. The main purpose of the library is to inspire and inform our students, staff and visitors and to establish a link between the (future) creative industry and the material (and manufacturing) industry.
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