Design-Forward Product Libraries
13 Design-Forward Product Libraries
Designer Pages is geared toward commercial interior designers and requires a paid subscription. In their product and material database, you can filter results by health and sustainability standards such as BIFMA level and Cradle to Cradle certifications. The site also syncs with Revit and allows you to write product specifications.
Ma-tt-er's interactive periodic table of cutting edge materials lets you explore and research the newest inventions in material technology. Their Discover section (accessed by selecting the + in the top right corner) features articles on material advancements.
Materia is an international library of material innovations with a focus on sustainable materials. It's database lets you explore materials by type as well as by sensorial and technical properties.
The Materio online materials database includes thousands of materials, with a focus on material innovation. A paid subscription lets you access the database and bookmark materials for future research and inspiration.
Material ConneXion's online material database includes a wide range of materials that they sort into eight categories: polymers, glass, ceramics, naturals, carbon-based, cement-based, metals, and processes. In addition to refining search results by these categories, the database lets you search by physical and performance properties, method of processing, and sustainability criteria.
Matrec is a consulting company that specializes in innovations in sustainable materials. On their website, you can browse cutting edge sustainable materials and material trends.
Transmaterial features innovations in a wide range of material types. Their database lets you filter by material type in order to see cutting edge examples of materials like wood, concrete, and glass.
Food+City: Edible Materials
This article showcases innovations that transform agricultural and food waste into materials for buildings, apparel, and consumer products and packaging. The examples include tiles made from coconut shells and concrete made from rice husks.
The Urban Bioloop
This publication explores the possibilities of a closed-loop system that repurposes organic waste for construction. It explains a methodology through which this could be achieved and describes case studies of successful closed-loop systems.
Architizer's product library lets you compare brands and materials. Their site also includes news about material innovations and informational guides on products and specification.
On ArchDaily's product database, you can browse a range of building products by manufacturer, product type, and finish. For each product, ArchDaily gives a description that details things such as characteristics, colors, sizes, and applications. Some product descriptions also include BIM files.
DesignBoom's product database showcases a range of products including building materials, fabrics, flooring, and lighting. You can browse by product type, manufacturer, or designer, and learn more about each product from descriptions that have been provided by the manufacturer.
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