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.

Smart Materials and Intelligent Packaging at FachPack 2015

material stories fachpack 2015(photo by Anna Seibel)

Material Stories developed an exhibition focused on “Smart Materials and Intelligent Packaging” to support both users and makers of packaging with new ideas and solutions. The exhibition at the FachPack trade fair is developed with bayern design, an organization that coordinates and promotes all design activities in Bavaria. From Tuesday to Thursday, you can see our exhibition and meet with us at the Messe Nürnberg – feel very welcome!

Materials Exhibition
Smart materials such as OLEDs, illuminated surfaces, shape memory alloys, holography lenses and printed electronics enable more interactive packaging and serve the new needs and desires of our digital society. The world’s first paper wine bottle and packaging made of stretchable paper, water soluble films, mushroom materials and recycled ocean plastic are showcased as clever alternatives for a more sustainable future.
– Date: 29.9. – 1.10.2015
– Location: Hall 5 – Booth 111

Design Lectures
Tuesday 29th, there are special lectures on packaging design at the PackBox forum. You can read the full lecture program here.
– Date: 29.9.2015 (from 15:00 – 16:45)
– Location: PackBox forum, Hall 4 – Booth 360

FachPack is one of the most significant European trade fairs for packaging. During three days (from 29.9. to 1.10.2015) some 1500 exhibitors are gathered at the Messe Nürnberg to present their latest developments in the field of packaging technology, processing and logistics.

Introducing GROW Art/Science at MCBW 2015

grow_artscience_mcbw_2015During this year’s Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) we will be joining the so called “MCBW START UP” program on Thursday 26.2. which is focusing on new materials and technologies at the intersection of nature, art and science. Aart van Bezooyen will be there to present one of his latest initiatives called GROW Art/Science, a platform for interdisciplinary art/science projects, initiated in collaboration with bionics expert Dr. Filipe Natálio. You can read more about the project at

For a personal talk, or how to become part of the GROW story, feel free to join our speed lecture (scheduled on Thursday 26.2. between 10:00-11:45) and make sure you reserve yourself a seat in the beautiful Literaturhaus München.


MCBW START UP – Program: Thursday 26.2.2015

10:00-11:45 – Presentations on: “Material”
 (introducing GROW Art/Science)
13:00-14:45 – Presentations on: “Environment”
15:00-16:45 – Presentations on: “Mobility”
Reserve yourself a free seat via this link >
Location: Literaturhaus München (3rd floor), Salvatorplatz 1 (> Bing Maps)

Material Stories with Bayern Design at Brau Beviale 2014


New Materials for More Intelligent and Sustainable Packaging
Material Stories consults and inspires companies with strategic, innovative and sustainable perspectives for materials in design. At the Brau Beviale 2014 in Nuremberg materials expert Aart van Bezooyen is joined by Paula Raché (graphic and packaging design) to inspire the beverage industry and its audience with new materials and new ideas for future product development.

Materials Exhibition
This year’s materials exhibition brings together some 30 materials and exhibits from ten different countries that give an overview of new and unconsidered materials and technologies for the beverage industry. The exhibition features packaging made of mushrooms, innovative glass-cork closure that can be opened (and closed) by hand, paper bottles, water soluble and edible bioplastics, smart labels that monitor and secure transport, and even a bottle that doubles as a brick!

Lecture Program
The three-day materials exhibition (11-13 November, from 9h-18h) is supported with a series of lectures on Wednesday (12 November, starting at 10h) titled: “Brand Experience through Design” organized by bayern design.

Brau Beviale 2014
Brau Beviale (from 11-13 November, Nuremberg) is a trade fair for brewing and beverage technology. Last year, some 1.200 exhibitors and more than 30.000 exhibitors enjoyed the show, incl. international coverage by some 300 journalists from 19 countries. You can read more about the exhibition at (in German) or more about the trade fair at