The leading materials-driven design authority.

Material ConneXion is the world’s leading materials resource. Materials scientists advise designers from an array of industries – fashion, architecture, automotive, beauty, and more. From the acclaimed Material Library featuring 10,000+ material innovations to customized Material Advisory services, Material ConneXion is certain every idea has a material solution.




Material Innovations


Global Libraries


With a flagship location in the heart of Manhattan, Material ConneXion also has 8 libraries around the globe, including:

  • Asia: Bangkok, Daegu, Tokyo
  • Europe: Bilbao, Milan, Skövde
  • United States: New York

Library Access

Material ConneXion curates the world’s largest subscription-based materials library featuring 10,000+ innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design – an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. Materials are selected through a strict review process with new materials juried into Material Library each month.


Through its Material Innovation book series, Material ConneXion’s specialists share their own expertise, as well as interviews with other industry notables, to reveal how materials innovation affects everything from architecture to product design. The first two books, Material Innovation: Architecture and Material Innovation: Product Design, were published in 2014. The third, Material Innovation: Packaging Design, was published in 2015.


“I like being grounded in the physical world.”
ANDREW DENT, Executive Vice President, Research


I oversee the materials research that the library takes, the curation of the materials libraries around the world and the research that we do for all of our consulting clients. I know what everything around us is made of. I look at my surroundings differently than you do. I look at the thing that’s underneath the surface of a product, what it’s made of, as opposed to what it looks like. What gives me energy is the creativity of designers and artists. I’m a scientist, and I can draw the energy of what I do from them. I supply them with the tools so that they can go off and create.



Before joining Material ConneXion in 2001, I worked in both academia and industry—at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA and the British Ministry of Defense, among others.