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Review: first "material meets design" tbdc workshop

More than 50 researchers, designers, producers and users active in the fibre and textile industries came to Stuttgart on 3rd July 2012 to participate in the first “textile bio-based materials design challenge” (tbdc) workshop. The participants used the interdisciplinary environment to develop project ideas, exchange information and experiences and make new contacts.

Tina Kammer, CEO of InteriorPark., and Dr. Ralf Kindervater, CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, moderated the “material meets design” workshop programme. During the first half of the one-day meeting, speakers either presented concrete project ideas relating to sustainable textile products or gave talks designed to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and the development of new project ideas. 

Impressions from the lecture session

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During the second half of the meeting, participants used the tabletop exhibition to network with the speakers, obtain more detailed information about project ideas that had been presented and identify potential common ground. “I was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm for already existing bio-based materials shown by a number of designers during the course of the meeting,” commented Kindervater, pointing out that the projects that were presented have served as an inspiration for several new product scenarios that will go on to be further developed jointly.

Since the successful implementation of such projects always depends on financing, the final workshop session presented European and German funding programmes. The workshop closed with an informal get-together with drinks and nibbles where participants were able to further develop existing contacts or make new ones.

Impressions from the exhibition


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