Together, bayern design and the Neues Museum Nürnberg will be showing a design exhibition on the topic of new materials in the six façade rooms of the museum from April 21, 2023. The exhibition illustrates how designers:inside today not only use new materials in their design, but also explore more sustainable and innovative materials and processing methods themselves.
New materials and materials have always had a major impact on the design discipline. However, the confrontation with resource scarcity, climate and biodiversity crises is leading designers:in to increased reflection as well as a new urgency in the use of materials, their origins and manufacture. Ecological requirements and their social and economic conditions are in focus.
The exhibition brings together selected design studies and objects in the three chapters Research, Application and Speculation. The exhibits illustrate how designers not only use new and responsible materials as functional materials, but also consciously employ them as design elements.
Research, application and speculation
In the thematic field of research, the exhibition shows examples of how designers are already involved in the process of developing and designing new materials. “New materials” are mostly understood as variants, connections or processing of existing materials. Experiments with regional or reused materials based on algae, microbial cellulose or lignin illustrate how designers cooperate with researchers and thereby help determine the direction of research in terms of sustainable design.
The Application chapter shows design objects and systems that use innovative materials. Here, design uses new materials not only as design elements, but also considers the good usability and visibility of production and recycling processes of the materials. The design of closed-loop systems motivates manufacturers and users to use materials more than once. Exemplary products by Stefan Dietz or Tom Dixon are presented.
Finally, under the heading of speculation, research and applications are presented that are not yet feasible or implemented, but which raise questions and future possibilities.
The exhibition is curated by bayern design and can be seen during the usual opening hours of the Neues Museum Nürnberg.