ONE WEEK ABOUT MaterialDistrict 2019
ONE WEEK ABOUT Materials curated by MaterialDistrict
With 140 exhibitors, exhibitions with 200 new material presentations of 100 leading start-ups and designers, and a lecture programme with 50 speakers, MaterialDistrict Rotterdam is once again imbued with material innovation. R&D and design professionals will be immersed in an inspiring mix of current themes, such as circularity, digitalisation, smartness, health and social design from 12 to 14 March in Rotterdam Ahoy, the Netherlands.
This year, organiser MaterialDistrict (formerly Materia) attracted nine internationally renowned ambassadors who will represent the six sectors and play an important role in putting together the lecture programme and the selection of promising start-ups and designers. For the sector Architecture, the ambassadors are Ben van Berkel and Filippo Lodi (UNStudio and UNSense), for Interiors the design duo Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe (Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe), for Products Anouk Groen (RNA Design), for Textiles & Fabrics Anne Marie Commandeur (Stijlinstituut) and Liesbeth in ’t Hout, for Urban & Landscapes Cees Donkers (former city architect of the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and for Print & Sign it is Annemarie Kleve (Anders2).
Exhibitions with materials and installations
This year, visitors can look forward to an impressive six independent MaterialDistrict exhibitions. In collaboration with the ambassadors, six pavilions will be decorated, in which special exhibition pieces of start-ups and designers will be showcased. A carpet made of palm leather, fashion made of coffee textile, ‘green’ graffiti, façades made of thinglass, denim furniture, and communicating façades are just a few examples that will capture the imagination of visitors. And of course, MaterialDistrict will also display the 200 newest materials from its independent collection; printed roof tiles, a composite material made of marble dust and oysters, paving stones made from burned waste, as well as 197 other innovations that can all be seen, felt and experienced at the fair.
Sensational lecture programme
MaterialDistrict Rotterdam is known for its high-profile lecture programme, which includes renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers and other experts. After last year’s success, there will be once more two simultaneous theatre programmes this year, providing a line-up of 60 speakers who will share their knowledge and experience with the audience.
MaterialDistrict Rotterdam 2019
Rotterdam Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10
12 – 14 March, 2019