We presented DIY Materials @ Materials Farm 2017 / BARCELONA

A selection of the results from the course “Designing Materials Experiences” (link of the course page to add) at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was presented in "The Materials Farm" by Materfad. The materials were presented in a talk and are now showcased in an exhibition at the Design Hub Barcelona, from 26/06/2017 to 21/09/2017. These actions were part of  the program of the FADfest 2017, the biggest festival about Design and Arts in Barcelona.

The selected projects are the results of an on-going research on DIY materials, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics, and novel practices and scenarios around them. Most of these self-produced and open materials are made from waste resources and have social and sustainable purposes.

Here you can find other pictures of the exhibition and the talk.

Projects by: Ioanna Oikonomou, Marina Psimikaki, Yang Yudan, Marta Ziminska, Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski, Dicle Aslan, Dinullah Bayu Ibrahim, Shao Yizhuo, Betul Unal.

Valentina Rognoli talked about Materials Experience - video interview

Materials Experience and some related on-going projects have been presented by Dr. Valentina Rognoli in an interview by the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

"The materials experiences which are currently emerging in the contemporary world concern two phenomena which have recently become established and which are continuing to develop: DIY Materials, i.e. Do It Yourself, and ICS Materials, i.e. Interactive, Connected, and Smart".

We exhibit Growing Design at DDW’17

Growing Design project will be on show at the Dutch Design Week 2017 (21-29 October) at two different locations. 

Fungal Curiosities

The exhibition will display ongoing activities as well as preliminary results of our joint STW/TTW project “Mycelium-based Materials for Product Design” (project nr. 14572), a collaborative endeavor between Design Academy Eindhoven, TU Delft and Utrecht University.

Through an immersive setting, visitors will be able to get acquainted with both data and technical/experiential qualities of a range of mycelium-based composite materials, as well as to dive into the overall project’s content and process.

Curated by: Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli / Design Academy of Eindhoven) and Serena Camere (TU Delft)

Research by: Han Wosten (UU), Elvin Karana (TUD), Maurizio Montalti (DAE), Pauline Krijgsheld (UU), Serena Camere (TUD), Freek Aappels (UU), David Hamers (DAE).

Design Academy Eindhoven, De Witte Dame, 3rd floor. Emmasingel 14, 5611 AZ Eindhoven

Mind the Step 2017

The project “Growing Seasons” will be on show at the Mind the Step exhibition 2017. Mind the Step is the annual exhibition of 4TU Design United community, showing the results of the cross-fertilization between technology, research and design. We will display the newly designed 3D-growing system and some initial results of the research project.

Where: Klokgebouw 50 – Strijp S Eindhoven

We invite submissions at DRS2018 Conference - Limerick (UK)

Elvin Karana, together with Faith Kane (Massey University, New Zealand), Prof. Tom Fisher (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Prof. Elisa Giaccardi (TU Delft), are chairing a track session on the topic "Material-Enabled Changes in Design Research and Practic". The track call is for the DRS2018 Conference. The deadline for final paper submission is November 6th. 

With this call, we seek to investigate how emerging materials and practices radically change the role of the designer from a ‘passive recipient’ to an ‘active maker’ of materials (Myers, 2012; Karana et al., 2015; Rognoli et al., 2015), as well as the way materials are experienced by people through their daily artifacts. Moreover, we are interested in understanding how practices of design and use in these areas create an opportunity to activate positive social (Drazin and Küchler 2015), environmental, economic and even political change. 

We invite contributions that address these questions:

  • How do/will emerging materials advances affect practices around products from the designer and the user perspective?
  • How is environmental, social, economic or political change activated through these new materials and material driven design practices?

The complete track theme can be found at this link

We hosted EKSIG2017 – Alive. Active. Adaptive

On June 19-20th, Elvin Karana and Prof. Elisa Giaccardi (link to profile) chaired EKSIG2017 (www.eksig2017.com) at the Het Nieuwe Instituut of Rotterdam, together with Prof. Nithikul Nimkulrat (Estonian Academy of Arts), Prof. Kristina Niedderer (University of Woltherhampton). Serena Camere (link to profile) assisted the Organization Board as Pictorials Chair and taking care of the organizational matters. EKSIG is an International Conference organized biannually under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge. This year we focused on the experiential knowledge of working with emerging materials that are alive, active and adaptive, whether by means of biological or computational processes or an integration of the two. During the two days, the conference hosted three keynote talks from prominent experts of Materials & Design (Prof. Mark Miodownik, Institute of Making; Anna Vallgarda, IT University of Copenhagen; Maurizio Montalti, Officina Corpuscoli) and 26 paper presentations.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Het Nieuwe Instituut, we also enjoyed 6 presentations from design practitioners, highlighting how research on materials is entering their design studios. The conference included also 3 pop-up exhibitions, showcasing the work of designers and participants joining the Conference. In total, 65 participants from 12 different countries (including Japan, US, Brazil) joined the two days of the Conference. The conference showcased high quality content and a timely contribution to the field of materials and design. The debate that went on during the presentations was vivid and it raised few important questions about the future of materials design research. The feedback from our participants was excellent, and we are glad to have hosted such an inspiring and outblowing event!

Hereafter a comment from two special guests:

"EKSIG_2017 has been a unique conference filled with inspiring contributions and stimulating debates. By merging academic research with hands-on approaches, the conference at large allowed to reflect on the fundamental necessity of strengthening even further the connection between theory and practical/experimental approaches, for the generation of a wide range of innovative outcomes, being them (living) materials, systems and/or products. Furthermore, thanks to also the professionally of the organisational team setting up a highly balanced program and to the peculiar location hosting the event, EKSIG _2017 resulted in a successful event filled with content, critical dialogues and a positive and purposive atmosphere, clearly outlining and contributing to partly defining our present-futures.”  (Maurizio Montalti, Officina Corpuscoli)

"EKSIG2017 brought researchers together across the disciplines and generations to hear about leading work on materials design. The quality of the papers was uniformly high, and the opportunities for informal communication and networking were very effectively built into the programme. The venue was excellent (even in the heat…) and the choice of keynotes was inspiring.” (Prof. Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University)


We exhibited DIY Materials at CONSTRUMAT 2017 / BARCELONA

A selection of the course “Designing Materials Experiences” at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was exhibited in the “Materials Visions” exhibition by Materfad, in the space Future Arena at the Construmat fair 2017, in Barcelona, from May 23 to May 26, 2017. This event had more than 70.000 visitors from the architecture, interior design and construction sectors.

The selected projects are the results of an on-going research on DIY materials, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics, and novel practices and scenarios around them. Most of these self-produced and open materials are made from waste resources and have social and sustainable purposes.

Other pictures of the exhibition are available here.

Projects by: Ioanna Oikonomou, Marina Psimikaki, Yang Yudan, Marta Ziminska, Carolina Giorgiani, Jinan Jezzini, Veronica Vetrila, Davide Del Favero, Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski, Dicle Aslan, Dinullah Bayu Ibrahim, Shao Yizhuo, Betul Unal.

We exhibited a DIY Material project at INTERZUM 2017 / COLOGNE

A selected project from the course “Designing Materials Experiences” at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was exhibited in a material show by Haute Innovation, at the Interzum fair 2017, in Cologne, from May 16 to May 19, 2017.

With over 57.000 visitors the Interzum is the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design. This exhibition showcased material innovation projects in the fields of upcycling, bio-based solutions and energy harvesting.

The selected project is the initial result of an on-going research on DIY materials from waste textile resources, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics and reach a full material development, triggering social and sustainable practices.

Project by: Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski.

We exhibit Mycelium-Based Materials at INSPOMAT/ TU DELFT

The INSPOMAT platform at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, hosts a very inspiring exhibition from one of our core team members, Davine Blauwhoff, who has recently completed her master’s studies with a graduation project focusing on ‘Designing with Mycelium Based Materials: Forecasting Acceptance’. Funded by NWO-Research Through Design (RtD) Program, this collaborative research project aims at developing mycelium-based materials for product design through iterative cycles of design research and practice.

Best Pictorial Award at Designing Interactive Systems 2016

Dr. Elvin Karana and prof. Elisa Giaccardi the IDE recently the Best Pictorial Award may receive during the 'ACM SIGCHI conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS). They received this award for their paper 'The Tuning of Materials: A Designer's Journey. "

In this paper, the redesign of a connected object (radio tailored for expat families) are described and discussed, with special emphasis on the performative qualities of the materials (ie what materials make us do) to the ideation of a design. 

With two talented IO alumni, Niels Stamhuis and Jasper Goossensen illustrate Elvin and Elisa this search visually, with a focus on the design process.  



During DIS 2016 were the ways in which designers create interactive systems, deploy and critically consider central. The conference from 4-8 June, held in Brisbane (Australia).

Best Paper Award at Design & Emotion 2016

At the last International Conference on Design & Emotion (Amsterdam 27-30th September), Serena Camere won the Best Paper Award for the article “Materializing experiential visions into sensory properties: the use of the Experience Map”, co-authored with Rick Schifferstein (IDE department) and Monica Bordegoni (Politecnico di Milano). The paper describes the use of a tool Serena developed in her PhD research, to help designers transform their initial, conceptual intentions into tangible products.


About Design&Emotion Conference

The International Design & Emotion Society, together with Delft University of Technology, University of Twente, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Design Academy Eindhoven, and Waag Society are pleased to invite researchers, design practitioners, and the general public interested in the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion to participate in and attend the 10th International Conference on Design & Emotion in Amsterdam, September 27-30 of 2016.

This invitation goes out to the broad field of design researchers and practitioners and extends to communities beyond design studies, such as social science, humanities, engineering, computer science, HCI, psychology, cognitive science, health sciences, marketing and business.
The International Conference on Design & Emotion is a forum held every other year where practitioners, researchers and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion.