SYN Award 2017: Open Call for Collaborating Artists, Designers and Scientists


Always wanted to work with Smart Materials? – Now is your chance! This year’s SYN Award, titled “smart materials satellites”, wants to make the field of Smart Materials more understandable and visible for a larger audience.

The award is inviting collaborating artists, designers and/or scientists based in Germany to submit their project proposals until 16.02.2017 20.02.2017 which can be awarded with two (funded) residencies.

For those who are interested in participating, we recommend joining the Information Day (Thursday, 02.o2.2017) to learn more about Smart Materials, meet possible project partners and/or discuss project ideas.

For more information (in German) about smart materials and registrations download the invitation (pdf) or visit


Publication: form 267 – Made in Japan

Aart van Bezooijen’s special interest for this country brought him back to Japan earlier in 2016 and resulted in a few interesting material discoveries, which he outlines in this article. (Download full PDF for on the road)

Publication: form 264 – Material Collections

A closer look at material collections, also called material libraries, as professional approach to collecting substance that can inspire the physical world of tomorrow – Text: Aart van Bezooijen. (Download full PDF for on the road)

Smart Materials and Future Packaging @ FachPack 2016



At this year’s FachPack (27 – 29 September 2016) trade fair, we are presenting smart materials and sustainable concepts for future packaging design and branding. With an inspiring materials exhibition in collaboration with the bayern design organization, we’re inspiring and enabling an interdisciplinary dialogue between (packaging) designers, trade visitors and fellow exhibitors.

Smart and Sustainable Materials (Exhibition)
Find us at this year’s FachPack in Hall 5, Stand 211
Read more at: Special Show Packaging Design

Future Packaging Design (Lectures)

Tuesday afternoon, 27.09.2016 at the PackBox
Read more at: PackBox Forum (Smart packaging design – future technologies

Lecturing @ Smart Tools for Smart Design

Aart van Bezooijen is lecturing at the “Smart Tools for Smart Design” Symposium. Tuesday 24.05.2016 from 16:00 – 20:00 at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

For more information, please see the full program (pdf) here.


Conference and Exhibition: POSITIVE PLASTICS – 24.2.2016 in Munich

This year’s Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) features a cross-disciplinary conference on polymers, industrial design and production. The P+ POSITIVE PLASTICS conference is accompanied by a materials exhibition and will bring together designers, engineers, product managers and manufacturers. Key insight and innovative approaches will be conveyed, among others: polymers as metal replacements, lightweight in public transportation design, new sustainable approaches, color trends, 3D printing alongside innovations in injection molding and more. Lecturing: A. Schulman, Mäder, Marubeni, Merck, PolyOne and Sabic. Dirk Winkel will share the story behind the W127 lamp and Aart van Bezooijen will talk about Sustainability.

The event is organized by Efrat Friedland (materialscout) and Nina Saller (XbeyondS) during this year’s MCBW. For more information and registrations please visit

MCBW 2016 and The Netherlands
The P+ POSITIVE PLASTICS conference takes place during this year’s Munich Creative Business Week (from 20 – 28 February). The partner country of MCBW 2016  is The Netherlands featuring inspiring talks, exhibitions and networking events for a closer look at the Dutch design scene. You can see the full program at

Lecture: The Future of Making – 16.2.2016 at the Grassimuseum

(Visual »Public Space«. © Neil Campbell Ross, Florian Böhm)

Tuesday 16.2.2016 from 18:00, Aart van Bezooijen will be lecturing at the Grassimuseum in Leipzig. In his lecture he will focus on the role and importance of new materials and digital crafts. He will use this evening to review current trends and developments combined with a demonstration of selected materials that can make tomorrow’s products more lightweight, intelligent and sustainable.

This lecture is hosted by the Grassimuseum and takes place in the context of the future focused exhibition: “Konstantin Grcic – Panorama”. For more information and registrations, please see: or share the event on Facebook.