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 8,000 innovative and advanced material samples.
The world’s largest materials library.
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
Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library, with thousands of 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. The third, Material Innovation: Packaging Design, was published in 2015.
Sent quarterly to subscribers, each curated ActiveMATTER box features samples of the best materials juried into the company’s library, hand-chosen by Material ConneXion’s team of experts. 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 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.
I track emerging consumer, design, material and manufacturing trends to identify market gaps and opportunities for product innovation at ThinkLAB, a consulting division of Material ConneXion. Our team leverages material and manufacturing innovations from diverse industries to create better product and retail experiences for companies like Tumi and Puma.
With a background in marketing and sales, I worked for Material ConneXion developing creative advertising and promotional strategies that supported our sales efforts.