Material ConneXion Opens Its 11th Library in Tokyo In October 2013

The world’s largest library of innovative, advanced and sustainable materials with consulting services officially opens its 11th international library, located in Tokyo, Japan.

NEW YORK, October 3, 2013 – Material ConneXion (, the world’s largest library of innovative, advanced and sustainable materials with consulting services, today announced the official opening of its 11th international library, located in Tokyo, Japan. The new location will be celebrated with an opening on Monday, October 7th and an open house event on Monday, October 21st during Tokyo Designers Week. Material ConneXion Tokyo is licensed to the Japanese printing giant Nissha Printing Co., Ltd (7915:Tokyo).

Over the past three years, Material ConneXion has expanded its reach to Korea, Turkey, China and Sweden, establishing important networks and business relationships that led to the opening of the Japanese branch. As the world’s third largest economy, Japan thrives on technology and innovation, making the need for advanced materials important in the nation’s development across industries.

Material ConneXion Tokyo will be located in the Aoyama district, which is the design, architecture and luxury center of Tokyo, and will be hosted in the Minami-Aoyama building, renowned for the presence of numerous designers and architects, including global architecture and design firm Gensler.

Material ConneXion Tokyo will open its doors with an initial library of 500 samples and an additional 40 new materials each month. The library will offer membership and consulting services to designers from all disciplines with the expert support of its in-house material scientists and material specialists.

The office has been designed by Hiroshi Shirasaki, owner of Planet Design and Consulting, who is also the mind behind Gucci Ginza, Miu Miu Aoyama and Unicro Paris.

“I am excited to open the doors of Material ConneXion Tokyo, says Junya Suzuki, President of Nissha and of Material ConneXion Tokyo. “Because of the mutual and sincere understanding of the philosophy of our business and value-oriented strategy of both Nissha Printing and Material ConneXion, our passion for having a library in Tokyo has become reality. I am surely confident that it will provide a great deal of value and satisfaction for those who believe color, material and finish are the key factors that determine the competitiveness of their own products and services. Material ConneXion is one of the most admirable partners that I have ever worked with, and I strongly hope that two companies will make a contribution to the society through this value creating an innovative business model.”

“We are delighted to open in Tokyo,” says Michele Caniato, President of Material ConneXion. “Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world—from design to manufacturing—and we feel that our presence will benefit the Japanese industries and design market. We expect to bring to all our clients and offices around the world the newest materials, processes, and technologies ‘Made in Japan.’ CMF (color, material, finish) experience is one of the strengths of our Japanese team who will allow us to provide in-depth services to our international clientele.”

President and CEO of ALEX Corporation, Former President of Google Japan and Former GM of Sony Vaio Koichiro Tsujino agrees with Caniato and Suzuki. “I truly hope that the new library will help introduce fine Japanese materials to a global audience, while also helping Japanese designers to easily source the best materials from across the world,” he says. “Furthermore, the library will create the opportunity for the local community to take advantage of new technologies like 3D CAD or 3D printing, which are becoming increasingly accessible. I strongly believe that this will contribute to the growing momentum of fabrication in the 21st century.”


Material ConneXion Tokyo is located at:

METLIFE Aoyama Building

2-11-16 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku

Tokyo 107-0062



Hours of operations:

Monday – Friday 10am- 6pm

About Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion (, a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive or sustainable edge. With 11 locations—in Bangkok, Beijing, Cologne, Daegu, Istanbul, Milan, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Skövde and Tokyo—Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The consulting division, ThinkLab, works with clients to strategically incorporate trends, service and innovation into their business models and products, while sister company Culture + Commerce represents the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products and projects.


Founded in 2003 by visionary entrepreneur Adam I. Sandow, SANDOW® is more than just a media company, building brands and businesses that offer interactive experiences across print, digital, retail, licensing, consulting and events. We create high-quality products and services—driven by innovation and good design—that are custom-tailored to consumer and professional audiences in the luxury, design and beauty categories. With offices around the world, SANDOW’s diverse portfolio includes Culture + Commerce, Curator/, Fred Segal, Interior DesignLuxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, NewBeauty,, ThinkLab and Worth. The company’s global headquarters are in New York City’s iconic Time & Life Building, with corporate headquarters in South Florida.

About Nissha

Nissha provides valuable products and services to its customers and society at large through proprietary technologies, with printing as its core focus. Nissha was founded in Kyoto, Japan, in 1929 with the aim of “creating a company that specializes, at an unparalleled level, in sophisticated photographic printing rather than the more commonplace typesetting.” Based on this founding principle, Nissha gradually expanded business activities by applying technical expertise. Currently, Nissha conducts operations in three business fields: Industrial Materials, Devices, Information and Communication. The company is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.