Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion is a materials consultancy, headquartered in New York City, that helps companies source advanced materials to enhance the performance, aesthetics and sustainability of their projects.

A close-up view of a packaging materials display featured at the MCX offices in New York City. A colorful graphic of industries and innovative materials are affixed to boards on the library wall.
A close-up view of a packaging materials display featured in the MCX offices in NYC (2018)
An angled view of materials hung on the panels of a material library curated by Material ConneXion (MCX) in New York City.
A view of the MCX Material Library in NYC (2018)

HistoryEdit

In 1997, Material ConneXion was launched by George Beylerian, former vice president of marketing and creative director of Steelcase Furniture.[1] At Steelcase, Beylerian created a small exhibition of new materials, and recognized the need for a materials library service.[1]

Material ConneXion was acquired by SANDOW in 2011.[2]

In addition to its New York office, the company has locations in Bangkok, Bilbao, Daegu, Milan, Skövde and Tokyo, and also maintains an online materials database.

Material ConneXion maintains a physical library of over 10,000 materials and processes categorized based on their chemical composition: Polymers, Naturals, Metals, Glass, Processes, Ceramics, Cement-based, Carbon-based.[1]

In 2016, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) opened a Material ConneXion Library at its corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The library features samples of innovative materials and products with an emphasis on health and wellness in the built environment.[3]

Notable ProjectsEdit

Material ConneXion clients have included design and architecture firms, government agencies,[4] and large corporations such as Adidas,[5] Target Corporation,[5] PUMA,[6] and BMW.[7]

In 2001, designer Sandy Chilewich discovered a woven vinyl material in Material ConneXion's library that led to her Chilewich brand of household products and accessories.[1] The company also worked with designer Harry Allen to find a sustainable, low-cost, post-industrial polypropylene packaging material for Aveda’s Ukuru line of cosmetics.[8] In 2004, Material ConneXion helped Nike source a monofilament sleeving normally used to protect PVC pipes from bursting for use in its Air Jordan XIX.[9]

Through its partnership with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and the Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA), Material ConneXion is the only Materials Library in the world to feature Cradle to Cradle assessed and certified materials and the only materials consultancy to offer Cradle to Cradle Certification and Cradle to Cradle product development.[10]

Critical ReceptionEdit

In 2007, Material ConneXion was named a “Top Eco-Innovator” by The New York Times for its efforts to make information on sustainable materials and sustainable design practices more readily available to designers and corporations.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "FLYP, "Material Evidence"". Flypmedia.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  2. ^ "Sandow Acquires Material ConneXion, Culture & Commerce". Contract Design. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  3. ^ "ASID opens Material ConneXion library at Society's new headquarters". www.asid.org. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  4. ^ "Interior Design,"Material ConneXion Taps into the Philippines"". Interiordesign.net. 2006-04-19. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ a b "WWD,"Making a ConneXion"". Accessmylibrary.com. 2002-08-13. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ http://catalystsdr.com/2010/06/the-future-of-design-business-and-sustainability/
  7. ^ Leland, John (2002-03-14). "The New York Times,"The Guru of Goo (And Gels, Mesh and Resin)"". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  8. ^ Finn, Bridget (2004-10-01). "CNN Money". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  9. ^ Krabel, Kalina (2014-01-27). "SANDOW Opens the Material Connexion Library". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  10. ^ Jana, Reena (2007-09-19). "BusinessWeek". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  11. ^ "The New York Times, "The Eco-Innovators"". Nytimes.com. 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2009-12-28.