The world’s largest materials library.

At Material ConneXion, the world’s leading materials library and consultancy, a global team of materials scientists and experts help creatives across industries—from fashion to architecture to automotive—find inspiration for their next big idea in design, through access to over 7,500 innovative and advanced materials.




Library materials


Global licensees


With a flagship location in the heart of Manhattan, Material ConneXion also has physical libraries around the globe, as well as in various universities domestically and internationally. Locations include:

  • Asia: Bangkok, Daegu, Tokyo
  • Europe: Bilbao, Milan, Skövde
  • United States: New York

Library Access

Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design – an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. Materials are selected through a strict review process, and 40+ materials are independently juried into the library every month.


Through its Material Innovation book series, Material ConneXion’s specialists share their own expertise, as well as interviews with other industry notables, to reveal how materials innovation affects everything from architecture to product design. The first two books, Material Innovation: Architecture and Material Innovation: Product Design, were published in 2014.


Sent quarterly to subscribers, each curated ActiveMATTER box features samples of the latest materials juried into the company’s library. By putting materials right into subscribers’ hands, ActiveMATTER provides designers across disciplines with creative inspiration and industry insight on cutting-edge materials, processes and technologies.


“I don’t work because I get paid; I love what I do.”


I’m President of both Material ConneXion, the world’s largest materials library, and Culture + Commerce, the country’s leading design management agency. At Material ConneXion, where I’ve worked for over 15 years, I’ve overseen our expansion into a worldwide business, with seven locations across the globe. At Culture + Commerce, my team and I play matchmaker, pairing some of the design field’s biggest names with major retailers and managing public relations and business development for design industry clients.



I grew up in Milan, with design in my DNA. Eighteen years ago I moved to New York—supposedly for six months—to learn the language, but I fell in love with the city. Before Material ConneXion, I was at Kartell.

“I like being grounded in the physical world.”
ANDREW DENT, Vice President, Library & Materials Research


I oversee the materials research that the library takes, the curation of the materials libraries around the world and the research that we do for all of our consulting clients. I know what everything around us is made of. I look at my surroundings differently than you do. I look at the thing that’s underneath the surface of a product, what it’s made of, as opposed to what it looks like. What gives me energy is the creativity of designers and artists. I’m a scientist, and I can draw the energy of what I do from them. I supply them with the tools so that they can go off and create.



Before joining Material ConneXion in 2001, I worked in both academia and industry—at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA and the British Ministry of Defense, among others.