Today, two major trends in materials developments relevant to interior solutions and design can be observed. On the one hand, manufacturers are seeking to expand their ranges of sustainable material solutions and to improve the environmental sustainability of their production processes, the sourcing of their resources and energy consumption. Added to this, functions are being integrated into materials, opening up opportunities to profitably deploy so-called â€śsmart materialsâ€ť in an immense variety of ways. Hand in hand with this development is the trend for digitalising spheres of life and connecting living spaces, furnishings and materiality to the possibilities of digital networking via the internet. Dr. Sascha Peters will give a talk presenting a look ahead to exciting developments in the furnishings industry and current materials trends for 2017.
Dr. Sascha Peters is amongst the leading materials experts and trend scouts for new technologies. The founder and owner of Haute Innovation, an agency for materials and technology, studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Product Design at Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1997 and 2003, he led research projects and product developments at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT). He then served as Deputy Director of the Bremen Design Centre until 2008. In 2014, he was appointed to the advisory board of the initiative “Twenty20 â€“ Partnership for Innovationâ€ť by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Dr. Peters is the author of numerous best-selling specialist publications.
Lecture: Material Trends 2017
Speaker: Dr. Sascha Peters, Haute Innovations
Date: Wednesday, 18th January 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1, D002