Green Smart Materials

Trend forum on sustainable material innovations and smart technologies

4–7 May 2021, Digital Conference

Platform: Interzum @Home 2021
Organizer: KölnMesse
Program development: Diana Drewes, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters

Structural colors for wooden surfaces, textiles made from banana fibers, acoustic solutions made from paper pulp or algae images that remove fine dust and odors from the air: The innovation process is currently taking place in the field of tension between sustainability, digitization and smart material solutions. In the next few years we will see a change in our product culture towards a circular economy.

Green Deal Materials

At the same time, the pandemic has triggered a surge in digitization, the effects of which will be mixed with the drive for a more sustainable society. With the Green Deal, the European Commission is setting an example and is promoting the desire for a functioning circular economy and for products and processes with reduced CO2 emissions. Because the climate crisis is developing into a threat to our prosperity.

Companies will benefit from the development if they manage to combine the potential of digitization with the need for a sustainable product culture and to place corresponding offers on the market. The change is already disruptive in some areas. This applies above all to production methods in which classic processes are supplemented, combined or replaced by those of additive manufacturing.

We expect the most far-reaching innovations for the biological cycle. In the field of materials, there have been astonishing developments in the use of cellulose in recent years. At SUDT in Singapore, for example, a robot-based manufacturing process was developed with which high-strength architectural structures made of pure cellulose, chitin and fungal growth could be created for bonding. At the Aalto University in Helsinki, a technology was developed with which so-called structural colors can be introduced into wooden surfaces, which give the material a color without the use of pigments.

In the “Green Smart Materials” trend forum, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters and Diana Drewes from the future agency HAUTE INNOVATION in Berlin show some of the latest sustainable material innovations and smart technologies with great potential for the interior and furniture industry in their online channel for INTERZUM @HOME 2021.



4 May 2021
The Green Deal for Interior Design

“Green Deal Materials”, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation – Zukunftsagentur für Material und Technologie, Berlin)

key note: “Sustainable Architecture Between Materiality and Digital Fabrication”, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Hanaa Dahy (BioMat, ITKE/University of Stuttgart)

“Circular Earth Technology”, Adital Ela (Criaterra, Holon/Israel)

“Organico – Carbon neutral furniture”, Philipp Hainke (Philipp Hainke Design, Berlin)

“PURE.TECH printed furniture”, Aldo Sollazzo (Noumena, Barcelona)

“High-performance wood-based materials as a sustainable alternative to plastics”, Dr. Munish Chanana (Swiss Wood Solutions, Zurich)

studio talk: “The future of cement-free materials”, Marco Schröder (ARDEX Group, Head of Innovation, Witten)

“New Resources and the Art of Anthroposphere Mining”, Christoph Storm (Schierbecker Handels GmbH, Felde/Germany),

studio talk: “Cactus is green, so is the future: Desserto”, Adrian Lopez Velarde (Desserto, Mexico)


5 May 2021
Smart Materials for Green Design

“Smart materials for design und architecture”, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation – Zukunftsagentur für Material und Technologie, Berlin)

“Karuun: Modern Material Thinking”, Julian Reuter (Out of Space, Germany)

key note: “Adaptex shading system with shape memory materials”, Paul-Rouven Denz (Facade Lab, Berlin); Prof. Christiane Sauer, Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Maxie Schneider (weißensee school of art and design, Berlin)

“Shimmering Wood by Structural Colour”, Noora Yau & Konrad Klockars (Aalto University, Helsinki/Finland)

“Sustainable acoustic solutions from hemp, peat, wood and moss”, Robert Schwemmer (SilentFiber, Austria)

“ALWE: Indoor air purification using microalgae biofilms”, Johann Bauerfeind (Solaga, Berlin)

“BIG 4D printed textiles for interior-design”, Tessa Petrusa (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

studio talk: “INTEGRALIS – Disinfection through light”, Steffen Salinger (Artemide, Germany/Italy)


6 May 2021
Sustainable Materials for Interior Design

“Natural binding agents for a new segment of interior materials”, Diana Drewes (Haute Innovation, Berlin)

“Circular cellulose-based materials”, Pol Merino (Honext, Barcelona)

“A Biomimetic Future – How Nature can Inspire us to Revolutionise Industry and Restore Local Equity in the Built Environment”, Ehab Sayed (Bi-ohm, UK)

“Exploring tomorrows materials”, Fredrik Franzon (Baux, Stockholm)

“Bio-based protection agent from plant cell culture for wood-based materials”, Dr. Juliane Steingroewer, Sylvia Franke-Jordan (TU Dresden)

“FORM DUST: plant-based material”, Nicole Dietz (Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin)

studio talk: “Bananatex – Textiles made from banana leaf fibers”, Hannes Schoenegger (Qwstion, Austria)

studio talk”Birch Bark: rapidly renewable natural material with antibacterial qualities”, Anastasiya Kocheeva (Moja, Berlin)


7 May 2021
3D Printing for Construction and Interior

“3D printed buildings and the future of construction”, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation – Future Agency for Material and Technology, Berlin)

“Large-scale 3D Cellulose Printing”, Javier G. Fernandez (Singapore University of Design & Engineering)

“Germany’s first 3D printed building”, Jan Graumann (PERI Group, Germany)

KeyNote: “Additive Manufacturing – A digital key technology for sustainable construction”, Prof. Dr. Harald Kloft (Institute for Structural Design, TU Braunschweig)

“Added value for construction, architecture and interior design through additive production processes”, Jörg Petri (BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Heidelberg)

“3D concrete printing for retail design and outdoor architecture”, Martin Staudinger (uniQum – 3D Betondruck Solutions, Austria)

panel discussion: “The future of 3D printing for construction and interior design“

– Nail Förderer (Deton3D, Bonn)
– Martin Staudinger (3D Betondruck Solutions, Austria)
– Jörg Petri (BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Heidelberg)


The entire program of the digital fair and tickets at:

image: Shimmering Wood with structure color made from pure cellulose (source: Aalto University, Helsinki)