ThinkLAB, The Consulting Divison Of Material Connexion, Releases “Material (R)evolution: Grown Materials”

NEW YORK, January 22, 2015 – ThinkLAB, the consulting division of Material ConneXion (MCX), the world’s largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design, has released the second installation of Material (R)evolution, a series of reports focusing on contemporary materials trends, titled Grown Materials. Dedicated specifically to the biological advancements being made in the world of materials and manufacturing, Grown Materials brings together many disparate areas of work, including bacterial plastics, new biopolymers, and the great, yet simple solutions that can be provided by natural materials.

“Grown” is defined as any raw material, product, technology and/or process that is based upon natural growing cycles in the plan, animal, fungal and bacterial kingdoms. In order to provide usable insight and perspective on this quickly evolving industry, Material ConneXion’s award-winning consulting team has curated this particular report to serve as a digestible, enjoyable and insightful resource to understand the world around us, and the world being crafted from it.

The report is broken into topics or material categories that are of current interest within the broader topic of grown materials; the categories are arranged in a macro to micro scale, beginning with those materials most often used in their primary form and progressing through to grown materials requiring a more intensive extraction or growth period. Examples include everything from wood to nanocellulose, and everything in between.

“The cultivation, harvesting and effective use of grown materials has been a hallmark of human civilization for the last 12 millennia, yet it has never been more important to the future of our species. Beyond the necessary production of food, growing things has the potential to solve many of our 21st century challenges, from construction to energy harvesting to clothing and consumer products,” says Dr. Andrew H. Dent, VP Library and Research at Material ConneXion. “This report is an essential guide to this old yet new industrial revolution, providing an excellent introduction as well as a comprehensive view of the current innovations in this field.”

The first digital report in the series, Additive Manufacturing, explores the realm of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Slated for release in 2015 are the third and fourth installments of the Material (R)evolution series of reports.

All reports are available for purchase at for $495.00 USD.

For a preview of Material (R)evolution: Grown Materials,click here. To schedule an interview with a Material ConneXion spokesperson, please contact Rachel Lexier-Nagle, Senior PR and Communications Manager, Material ConneXion (; +1 917 934 2903).

About ThinkLAB

ThinkLAB is the consulting division of Material ConneXion. We are the go-to resource for design inspiration and product innovation. From high-tech to design-oriented solutions, we track design, material and manufacturing innovations across industries and place them in context to expand our clients’ ability to innovate. Having a comprehensive knowledge of material science and a keen understanding of the role materials play in design development, Material ConneXion ThinkLAB leverages materials and manufacturing innovations to create better products and experiences. From inspiration to manufacturing support, we take you beyond the library to help you find the material solutions that matter to your brand. Our material intelligence has been used by some of the largest, most innovative corporations in the world, as well as smaller, forward-thinking companies and government agencies. Numerous brands have benefited from our expertise, adding untold value to their designs, products, and bottom line.

About Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion (, a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive or sustainable edge. With locations in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Daegu, Milan, New York, Skövde and Tokyo, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The consulting division, ThinkLAB, works with clients to strategically incorporate trends, service and innovation into their business models and products, while sister company Culture + Commerce represents the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products and projects.