haute innovation


Smart Office Materials

Innovation show with smart and sustainable materials and energy harvesting solutions

October 25–29, 2016, Cologne

Location: KölnMesse, Halle 8

Organizer: Orgatec

Materials selection and didactics: Dr. Sascha Peters

Design: Diana Drewes

In consequence of the increasing digitalization and the large number of technical innovations the society is undergoing a strong change at present. New communication and production systems have an impact above all on our working culture and make the working place more flexible. Where standardized office atmospheres were formerly found one now speaks about open workspaces for the creative workers in the information society of to-morrow. Innovations in the field of new materials support this trend help to make the working place more sustainable, multi-functional and smart to a certain extent. Material surfaces react on environmental  influences, show the temperature in rooms or the degree of environmental pollution. They are used for the generation of energy or measure the movement of passing logistic systems. Materials are able to smell, sound, taste ...

On the occasion of this special exhibition the experts of Haute Innovation will present and expose the potentials of the latest material innovations for the modern working environment. They will present new raw material sources for manufacturers and designers, point out scenarios for the application of intelligent materials in the smart office/home context and outline the possibilities of additive manufacturing in the furniture industry. New lightweight solutions will help to facilitate the quick modification and retrofitting of working situations and contribute to economize resources. 


Some of the highlights of the exhibition are:


- Potato furniture (Jarrell Goh, Singapore)

- Coffee ground panels (PLADEC, Portugal)

- Free formable auxetic folding structure (Pietsch, Wismar)

- 3D-printed textiles made of PA (digits2widgets, London)

- Self assembly furniture (Noumenon Design, Belgium)

- Wooden leather (Marlène Huissoud, London)

- 3D-printed concrete (Imprimere AG, Oberdorf/CH)

- Carbon sound chair (Innfa, Stuttgart)

- EBRU touch & smell glass tiles (Thai Ceramic, Thailand)

- Electrifying concrete for smart home systems (Thorsten Klooster, Prof. Heike Klussmann, University of Kassel)

- 3D-printed booth made of sand and epoxy (Trindo, Munich)

- Solar curtain with shape memory alloy SMA (Fraunhofer IWU, Dresden; Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin)







image: Solar curtain with shape memory alloy SMA (source: Fraunhofer IWU, Dresden; Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin)

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