The aim has been to map the advanced materials sector in Europe, identify best cases of collaboration on the use of advanced materials between designers, businesses and the scientific community, discuss the future role of materials libraries, and point to ways of bringing scientific knowledge and advanced materials into commercial application by creating early alliances between designers, material suppliers and manufacturers.
During the course of the project, four workshops have been organized in London, Copenhagen, Prague and Barcelona, involving some 162 participants. The European design and advanced materials sectors have been mapped, identifying 85 advanced materials suppliers, 37 designers, 37 connecting centres and 35 technology centres. Key insights, barriers, needs and trends in the sector have been documented, ten best cases from six countries have been identified and analyzed, and a special exhibition – “The Materialism European Tour” – has been created for the purpose of being shown publicly in each of the workshop cities.
Summing up the entire scope and work, a 170 page report was published on October 31st. The report is available for download at www.damadei.eu/report
The closing event took place at the Design Society in Copenhagen. After a short welcome by Danish Design Center CEO Nille Juul-Sørensen and a presentation of the DAMADEI content and findings by project managers Maria Hørmann and Priya Mani, a handful of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers offered insights into some of the latest applications of design and advanced materials. The grand finale was conducted by Zoe Laughlin, co-founder and director of the UK-based Institute of Making. Zoe presented a half-hour materials show under the headline “The Performativity of Matter”.
The DAMADEI project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
The partners are:
- Fostering Arts and Design (FAD), Materfad, Barcelona, Spain
- Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Happy Materials, Prague, Czech Republic
More information about the project, the programme for the 31st and the project partners can be found here: