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“Materials have always been important to all human activities and to the design world. We are made of matter as well as thought, but also of soul, as someone could say. The solid side of our lives will always be important”.

With these words, Emilio Genovesi, the CEO and soul of Materially for many years, has photographed the key role of materials in the design culture. The solid side is coming back at Milan Design Week in 2021 in the Materials Village hosted by Superstudio. This year, there will be a Special Edition in terms of dimensions and meaning that will recall companies coming from different fields to work around a single theme: innovative and eco-friendly materials for daily life.
Dwelling has never been as liquid as during these last fifteen months. Home has become an office and a school, spaces have turned into gyms, private means of transport into private places, highlighting a trend that for many years saw airports transformed in shopping malls and hotels in spa and galleries...

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“To avoid destroying our planet, we need to start figuring out how to reuse the things we already have…” said Steve Tidball, co-founder of Vollebak. “What if electronic waste weren’t rubbish? What if they were simply pre-assembled raw materials that we can use to make new things?"

Over the years, Vollebak company has been increasingly concerned about how clothes and accessories will be treated at the end of their life cycle; this is how the idea of the Garbage Watch was born. A wristwatch made using only what has been recovered from electronic waste (referred to as WEEE: Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment), designed by brothers designers Steve and Nick Tidball, founders of Vollebak...

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For more than a year, face mask has become an essential complement to our life. After the surgical, the reusable ones, the trendy ones, it's time for hi-tech protections made with materials with incredible performance.

Despite the progress in vaccine development, with the first distribution in Italy scheduled for January, the face mask is likely to stay with us for a long time to come. Not only because of the need to protect the unvaccinated before full coverage, which will take several months, but also because many have realised that the face mask can be a useful device regardless Covid19. In Asia, face masks are already used as a form of courtesy and consideration for others, even by people with a cold; as well as for protection against smog and fine dusts in cities...

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The battle against air pollution increasingly involves production and in particular fashion and similar. The American shoe brand Converse has launched a public art initiative aimed at actively combating air pollution in cities around the world, as part of its current advertising campaign “City-Forests”.

The central concept of the project is the idea of "planting trees" where otherwise they could not grow, having local artists create a series of murals that absorb pollution and that attract and convert air pollutants into harmless nitrates.
These murals are made with a specific paint, called KNOxOUT...

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In recent years, new categories of materials and technologies are emerging influenced by the hybridization of design with science and some technological developments such as Internet of Things (IoT). These are termed ICS materials, an acronym for Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials.

ICS materials are able to establish a bidirectional exchange of information with non-human and human entities and respond reversibly to external stimuli, modifying their properties and qualities. Lastly they can be programmable, not only through software.
Textint Corp. has developed a conductive material for the textile industry...

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Imagining a glass skyscraper which, instead of using energy, is itself a source of energy for the entire building sounds like the future, but recent studies suggest that this could soon become a reality.

Buildings with glass facades often have a coating that reflects and absorbs at least part of the light to reduce brightness and heating inside the building.
Transparent solar panels instead of dispersing the energy they could use it to supply part of the building's electricity needs.
A team led by University of Michigan researchers, set a new efficiency record for both transparent and color-neutral solar cells in August 2020. The team achieved 8.1% efficiency and 43.3% transparency by replacing conventional silicon...

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Since the '70s, when the beginning of the debate on pollution began to have a slow grip on public opinion, the idea of protecting our person and our environments through invisible screens with soft shapes hovers in our minds. The man protected by the bubble, curved and welcoming, physically separates himself from the outside world, observing him through a filter from a privileged position.

The research carried out in those years by collectives such as the Austrians Haus-Rucker-Co focused on these issues.
Their installations and ideas may have seemed utopian at the time, but they prompted a reflection on the relationship between the person and the surrounding environment...