Materials Experience 2

Materials Experience 2

Expanding Territories of Materials and Design

1st Edition - September 23, 2021
  • Editors: Owain Pedgley, Valentina Rognoli, Elvin Karana
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128192450

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Materials Experience 2: Expanding Territories of Materials and Design is the follow-up companion to Materials Experience published in 2014. Materials experience as a concept has evolved substantially and is now mobilized to incorporate new ways of thinking and designing. Through all-new peer-reviewed chapters and project write-ups, the book presents critical perspectives on new and emerging relationships between designers, materials, and artifacts. Subtitled Expanding Territories of Materials and Design, the book examines in depth the increased prevalence of material-driven design practices, as well as the changing role of materials themselves, toward active and influential agents within and outside design processes. The book is essential reading for anyone involved in materials and design, containing 11 authoritative chapters and 18 illustrated accounts of contemporary research projects and practices.

Key Features

  • Presents both the knowledge and understanding of what ‘new and emerging materials’ are, where they come from, and how they can be used effectively in design
  • Looks at how the professional responsibility of material selection is evolving into a more complex and active role of material ‘creation’ and ‘appropriation’
  • Explores how an elevated sensitivity to materials influence people’s experiences of the designed world


Design educators, students, design researchers, professional designers within the fields of Materials Science, Materials Engineering. Material Industries, Industrial Design, Industrial Design Engineering, Product Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, User Experience (UX) Design, Interior Design, Architecture

Table of Contents

  • CHAPTER 1 Expanding territories of materials and design
    Owain Pedgley, Valentina Rognoli and Elvin Karana

    CHAPTER 2 How new materials speak: analyzing the language of emerging materials in architecture
    Blaine Brownell

    CHAPTER 3 Experiential craft: knowing through analog and digital materials experience
    Nithikul Nimkulrat

    CHAPTER 4 Digital crafting: a new frontier for material design
    Manuel Kretzer

    CHAPTER 5 Surface texture as a designed material-product attribute
    Bahar ¸Sener and Owain Pedgley

    CHAPTER 6 Material change: transforming experience
    Debra Lilley and Ben Bridgens

    Around The Corner: Recent and Ongoing Research in Materials and Design

    CASE STUDY 1 Design touch matters: bending and stretching the potentials of smart material composites
    Bahareh Barati

    CASE STUDY 2 Design for hybrid material systems: a material augmentation framework for meaningful experiences
    Stefano Parisi

    CASE STUDY 3 An investigation of the esthetics and technologies of photochromic textiles
    Dilusha Rajapakse

    CASE STUDY 4 Reflective weaving practice in smart textile material development process
    Emmi Anna Maria Pouta and Jussi Ville Mikkonen

    CASE STUDY 5 Sound as a project requirement: evolution of an experimental tool for psychoacoustic evaluation of
    materials in architecture and design
    Doriana Dal Palù

    CASE STUDY 6 Animated puppet skin design: material narratives in visually experienced objects
    Vincenzo Maselli

    CASE STUDY 7 Material visualization and perception in virtual environments
    Mutian Niu

    CASE STUDY 8 End-of-life care through design: visualizing places of death
    Michelle Knox

    CASE STUDY 9 Material experiences of menstruation through symbiotic technologies
    Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard and Ozgun Kilic Afsar

    CASE STUDY 10 The salt material house project: designing for death
    SunMin May Hwang

    CASE STUDY 11 Reflecting on material interactions as a way of being with the world
    Bilge Merve Akta¸s and Camilla Groth

    CASE STUDY 12 Beyond biomimicry: developing a living building realm for a postanthropocene era
    Assia Stefanova

    CASE STUDY 13 Healing materialities from a biodesign perspective
    Barbara Pollini

    CASE STUDY 14 Demonstrating a material making process through the cultivation of fungal growth
    Dilan Ozkan

    CASE STUDY 15 Malfunction, maintenance, and materials
    Alexandra Karakas

    CASE STUDY 16 Open-Ended Design: how to intentionally support change by designing with imperfection
    Francesca Ostuzzi

    CASE STUDY 17 Material information platform for designing environmentally friendly products
    Indji Selim

    CASE STUDY 18 Material education in design: engaging material experimentation and speculation
    Ziyu Zhou

    CHAPTER 7 A renewed recognition of the materiality of design in a circular economy: the case of bio-based plastics
    Conny Bakker and Ruud Balkenende

    CHAPTER 8 Biotextiles: making textiles in a context of climate and biodiversity emergency
    Carole Collet

    CHAPTER 9 Defining the DIY-Materials approach
    Valentina Rognoli and Camilo Ayala-Garcia

    CHAPTER 10 Design and science: a pathway for material design
    Carla Langella

    CHAPTER 11 Materialdesign: design with designed materials
    Markus Holzbach

Product details

  • No. of pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2021
  • Published: September 23, 2021
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128192450

About the Editors

Owain Pedgley

Owain Pedgley is Professor of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. His expertise is in design for interaction and user experiences, with specialization in two areas of application: materials and materialization, and musical instrument design and innovation. He has published widely in these areas and coordinates projects as a researcher, thesis supervisor, and instructor. Owain is a strong advocate of research through design (RtD), having championed this approach to academic studies for over 20 years through publications and supervisions, traced back to early adoption of RtD in his own PhD (1999). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Design Studies and an Associate Editor of She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, having served as a founding member of its Industrial Design BEng/MEng programs (2014-17). Prior to commencing his academic career, Owain worked as a product designer in the sports equipment and musical instrument sectors, co-founding the polymer acoustic guitar innovation venture “Cool Acoustics.”

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Industrial Design, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Valentina Rognoli

Valentina Rognoli is Associate Professor in the Design Department at Politecnico di Milano. She is a pioneer in the field of materials experience, starting almost 20 years ago and has established internationally recognized expertise on the topic in both research and education. Her mission is raising sensibility and making professional designers and future designers conscious of the infinite potential of materials and processes. The investigations of her research group focus on pioneering and challenging topics including DIY-Materials for social innovation and sustainability; bio and circular materials; urban materials and materials from waste and food waste; materials for interactions and IoT (ICS Materials); speculative materials; tinkering with materials; materials-driven design method; CMF design; emerging materials’ experiences; and material education in the field of design. Since 2015, Valentina jointly leads, with Elvin Karana, the international research group Materials Experience Lab. She participated as a principal investigator in the European Project Made, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of The European Union, which aimed to boost talents toward circular economies across Europe. Valentina is the author of over 50 publications. She has organized international workshops and events and has contributed as an invited speaker and reviewer for relevant journals and international conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Design Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Elvin Karana

Elvin Karana is Professor of Materials Innovation and Design in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Giving emphasis to materials’ role in design as experiential and yet deeply rooted in their inherent properties, Elvin explores and navigates the productive shifts between materials science and design for materials and product development in synergy. In 2015, she founded the cross-country research group Materials Experience Lab, which she leads jointly with Valentina Rognoli. Elvin has over 70 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Her recent book Still Alive (2020) brings to the attention a new and exciting design space, where she proposes that by discovering ways to maintain an organism’s aliveness as a tangible manifestation of a biodesign process, livingness will become a persistent material quality in design. In 2019, she founded the biodesign research lab Material Incubator ([MI] Lab) that invites designers to harness the potential of living organisms for unique functionalities, interactions, and expressions in the everyday. Material Incubator brings together researchers and practitioners from Avans University of Applied Sciences and Delft University of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Sustainable Design Engineering, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands