Ultra Materials

Ultra Materials

How Materials Innovation is Changing the World

  1. George M. Beylerian
  2. Andrew Dent
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  • ISBN 9780500513828
  • 27.90 x 21.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 288pp
  • With over 900 colour illustrations
  • First published 2007
‘Truly useful … A designer’s best friend’ – The Art Book
‘Unquestionably a vital point of reference for anyone whose professional fortunes depend on an open-minded and all-embracing approach to materials’ – The Design Magazine
‘If you’re a designer looking for a new creative medium, this book could be the start of a whole new design adventure’ – idFX
‘Fascinating and beautifully produced’ – Modern Carpets & Textiles

With over 800 colour images, 'Ultra Materials' is an indispensable resource for all interior, product, graphic and fashion designers; for anyone connected with packaging, design, architecture or the environment; and for artists and sculptors.

Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, sensory surfaces, self-cleaning materials and inflatable membranes are redefining our environment. Using groundbreaking recent products and projects, this exceptional book reveals the application of new materials in architecture, interiors, fashion, textiles, and product and vehicle design.

Special sections are devoted to interviews with designers, such as David Adjaye, Hussein Chalayan and Marcel Wanders who have made particular use of new materials; an analysis of the transformative science being employed, based on fibre technologies, sustainability, biomimicry, nanotechnology and fabric innovation; and a window into the future drawing on the ideas of leading experts.

The book includes a showcase of 400 of the newest materials, an in-depth glossary and a comprehensive directory of designers, material organizations and design publications, as well as details of professional competitions, awards and fellowships and an index of new materials and their properties.

George M. Beylerian is the founder and President of Material ConneXion, devoted to researching and evaluating new materials. Andrew Dent directs Material ConneXion’s research into innovative products and processes. Bradley Quinn's books include Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Style, The Fashion of Architecture and Techno Fashion.