- Timeline: April 21 — September 3, 2023
- Opening: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 7 p.m.
- Supporting program with guided tours, talk and workshop.
In cooperation with the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, bayern design will showcase a design exhibition about new materials. Spread over six façade rooms, the exhibition will explore new materials needed today and for the future as well as particularly sustainable ways to process and employ them. Displays will include design objects, research projects, and speculative models. The supporting program will encompass special tours, a talk event about design, and a workshop.
Exhibition in the six facade rooms
New materials have always had great influence on the discipline of design. However, confronting resource scarcity and climate and biodiversity crises has increased the need to reflect, including for designers, and has driven the urgency to apply materials. Environmental requirements and their social and economic premises are priority concerns. While the role new materials play in the overall context of sustainable design is not unique, it is important.
The three-chaptered exhibition will showcase a selection of pieces made using new materials which have been researched, including as design elements. Topics will include diverse phases of the cycle of the material from raw material extraction through processing to the application, use and reuse, or recirculation back into the environment. The objective is to illustrate that while sustainable design focuses on selecting new materials, it always keeps the entire cycle of the material in mind.
Raw Materials and Processing
Packaging made from food waste? Chairs grown from minerals? Footwear made from lignin? The Raw Materials and Processing chapter will deal with the development and application of new materials based on renewable or recycled raw materials. The exhibits will explain how designs that use these materials can help protect resources. Examples presented will include exhibits by Tom Dixon and Maurizio Montalti.
Use Stage and Life Cycle
The Use Stage and Lifetime chapter will address the development and application of new materials on a usage basis. Be it textiles made with cellulose or seating made from recycled plastics, to avoid unnecessary waste and reduce energy and raw material consumption the durability of materials should align with the object’s expected duration of use. Authors of applications displayed will include Stefan Diez and Steelcase.
Recirculation and Cycle
Design begins long before a material is deployed and ends long after the use phase of the product expires. The Recirculation and Cycle chapter will concern the development and application of new materials that can be recirculated into mostly natural cycles as easily and with as little residue as possible. Objects such as acoustic panels made from fungus mycelium, vessels made from algae, and single-use packaging made from seagrass do not release any harmful substances or microplastics into the environment. Applications of these materials on display include entries by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros and Notpla.
The exhibition in the six façade rooms is curated by bayern design and is a cooperation between the Neues Museum and bayern design.
Opening hours and fee
Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.; closed Monday
Exhibition and collection – regular fee: EUR 7; discounted fee: EUR 6; free entry for children up to 18 years of age
Our cooperation partner’s team will be happy to make individual press appointments including a visit to the exhibition. For an appointment, please call
Ms Andrea Kriegsch, Neues Museum Nuremberg secretariate, at 0911 240 20 20 or
Ms Eva Martin, Director of Press and Public Relations of Neues Museum Nuremberg, at 0911 240 20–41
- Curator’s tour with Killian Fabich, bayern design on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 5 p.m.
- Themed tour “Design with Material Waste” with Killian Fabich, bayern design on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 5 p.m.
- Director’s tour with Simone Schimpf, Neues Museum Nürnberg on Thursday, August 3, 2023, 6 p.m.
Additional fee: EUR 3
- Director’s tour “Art on the rocks” with Simone Schimpf followed by a drink to get to know each other and exchange ideas at Falco’s Manufaktur on Friday, June 23, 2023, 6 p.m.
Fee: EUR 12 (incl. drink), registration at museumspaedagogik [at] nmn.de
Talk event “perspectives by design. material innovations” on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6 p.m.
Developments and sample applications of new and sustainable materials will be introduced in brief presentations and talks to illustrate how international designers are using innovative materials as design elements and are involved in researching materials and processes.
Cost: 19 Euro, reduced/early bird 10 Euro (incl. admission fee)
Tickets at material-innovations.eventbrite.de and at the box office.
An event by bayern design.
Workshop “Future-Making-Lab: Designing with new materials. How do materials shape our future?” on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 2 to 6 p.m.
Devised by UnDesignUnit, Future-Making-Lab will offer interdisciplinary groups an experimental space to explore bio-based materials and formulate future-oriented applications using speculative design. The workshop addresses creative professionals, design aficionados and representatives of companies, research institutions, and cultural institutions.
Free entry. Registration and details at mail [at] undesignunit.com
The workshop is sponsored by bayern design and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.