Material Innovation Product Design

Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr, Michele Caniato, Allan Chochinov

A first title in the ambitious series that identifies and examines the innovative materials that are transforming art, design, and technology practice

This volume on product design presents carefully selected products that showcase the innovative use of a particular material. The authors focus on specific product categories that include grown materials, surface fortification, advanced composites, additive manufacturing media, recycled materials, and the integration of electricity. A wide range of products spanning from medical equipment to clothing are featured, along with six specially commissioned visual narratives by experts in the field. The materials employed in each project are cross-referenced to an extensive illustrated materials directory containing detailed information on almost 100 materials—from hemp and kelp to titanium and biocomposite glass fibers.


An inspiring survey of existing materials and their applications as well as a comprehensive reference guide.

— Cool Hunting

From cutting-edge technological advances to novel applications of tried-and-true methodologies, co-authors Andrew Dent, Ph.D, and Leslie Sherr present a well-curated selection of materials in an impressive series of highly visual, broadly informative compendia.

— Core 77


Andrew H. Dent


Andrew H. Dent is Vice President of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion.

Leslie Sherr


Leslie Sherr has written extensively about architecture, design, and gardens. As a brand strategist, she has worked for several leading communication design firms, most recently C&G Partners

Michele Caniato

Preface By

Michele Caniato is the President of Material ConneXion.

Allan Chochinov

Introduction By

Allan Chochinov is a founding partner and editor-in-chief of Core77. He is the chair and co-founder of the MFA in Products of Design Program at New York's School of Visual Arts.