Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation Is Changing the World

Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation Is Changing the World

by George M. Beylerian, Andrew H. Dent, Bradley Quinn, Michele Caniato
     
 

The single most significant influence on today's manmade environment: materials innovation. Here is an indispensable resource for interior, product, graphic, and fashion designers, and anyone involved with packaging, design, or architecture.Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, and sensory surfaces are redefining the world we live in, from self-cleaning…  See more details below

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The single most significant influence on today's manmade environment: materials innovation. Here is an indispensable resource for interior, product, graphic, and fashion designers, and anyone involved with packaging, design, or architecture.Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, and sensory surfaces are redefining the world we live in, from self-cleaning materials based on the surface morphology of a lotus leaf to outdoor pavilions made from inflatable membrane exteriors to temperature-regulated clothing.The people at Material ConneXion are uniquely placed to explain these developments:the context and key tools for innovation, including biomimicry, nanotechnology, and sustainability;the application of new materials in interior, fashion, textiles, product, and vehicle design;where current developments are leading, along with the implications for educators, professionals, and society as a whole.The book includes a classified presentation of the four hundred most recent significant materials; a directory of designers, design conferences, trade shows, and professional organizations; and details of degree programs, grants, scholarships, internships, research labs, and competitions.

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School Library Journal

Most postwar architecture curricula, with the exception of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's at the Illinois Institute of Technology, stressed form and spatial volume. Grounded in a wholly opposing viewpoint-that materials generate form-this book presents an impressive range of materials suitable for several design disciplines, including architecture, interior design, product design, apparel design, and even automotive design. The authors, who operate the New York City resource Material ConneXion, along with its accompanying subscription online database, and Quinn (although only credited as an editor is also an author here) start out with an introduction on the essentials and endurance of fiber technology; this is followed by a chapter on each discipline, with detailed captions on each material illustrated and interviews with creators of several of them. The most cogent chapter examines how several designers, from architect Toyo Ito to apparel designer Isaac Mizrahi and his designs for Target, derive inspiration from the materials themselves. The second part contains a reference for basic material types, from glass to polymers, as well as a directory of designers, organizations, and competitions. This book is a good choice for libraries that cannot afford a subscription to the author's database.
—Paul Glassman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500513828
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,364,764
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

George M. Baylerian is the founder of Material ConneXion.

Andrew H. Dent is Vice President of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion.

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