MaterialDistrict @ DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 

MaterialDistrict is the one-stop shop to see and even touch the materials that make up the "DNA" of the finished goods and flooring surfaces used in our office buildings and homes. This popular showcase offers an abundant preview of over 300 types of metals, ceramics, plastics, woods, and more, all varying in texture structure, resistance, weight, and acoustics.

Below is a preview of materials that were introduced in previous editions of MaterialDistrict @ DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR:


CER233  Metal waste tiles

This series of ceramic metal waste tiles from the project Ignorance is Bliss are coloured using 100% pigment derived from industrial metal waste. Collaborating with Dutch companies, such as soil remediation and water treatment plants, designer Agne Kucerenkaite is supplied with raw waste material containing lots of metals. The metals give colour to the ceramic glaze during firing. The composition of the metal waste is the same as industrially produced colour pigments and is therefore a suitable and sustainable alternative. The tiles are coloured by hand. They are suitable for interior walls and are available to order on request.


ONA780  Nuo leaf “leather”

Nuo leaf is an environmentally friendly material made with an extremely reduced amount of adhesives. Consisting of up to 90% cellulose, the material is lightweight yet robust. Nuo leaf has the feel of leather and can be used for an infinite number of projects.


ONA777 palmleather carpet

The Palmleather Filigree rug is made of palmleather, a leather-like material made from the fibres of Areca Betel Nut Palm that grows in India. The rugs consist of strips of palm leather, applied upright to a base material, or rolled up to form tiles. The durable carpets and rugs are suitable for any living space. In addition to its ecological benefits, palmleather also offers considerable local benefit. Designer Tjeerd Veenhoven started up a social business in India and Dominican Republic with local artisans. With the softenend leaves, the artisans produce products for local and international markets as part of a business model that helps to pull them from the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’.



ONA778 Pineskins

PineSkins, as the name suggests, is the skin of a pine tree. This leather-like material surprises with its softness in contrast to the thick and harsh character associated with pine trees. Fresh bark is treated with natural ingredients that preserve its softness. Afterwards, it can be coated with an enriching layer of finishing and colour pigments. The tree industry has turned into a mass production factory: they grow only a few species of trees until a certain age. In fact, they refer to growing trees as cubic meters of wood rather than using the word “tree”. Finally, when the trees are cut, then it is mainly wood that is utilised. That leaves all the other parts of the tree unused. This reduces not only the diversity of materials considered for applications, but also tree species in forests. In the timber industry, pine trees are valued for their cheap wood, while the bark of the tree is discarded as waste. This project gives the bark a new purpose.


ONA776 Typha insulation

Typha, commonly known as reed, cattail or bulrush, is a fast growing plant that flourishes in the watery areas of Friesland in the Netherlands. In collaboration with ‘BetterWetter’ initiative of the municipality Dantumadiel, ecological consultancy firm A&W, knowledge workshop North East Frisia, Dijkstra Draisma and Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven, a regional value chain is being developed to turn typha into insulation material. Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven is developing insulation suitable for cavity walls that meets the current building standards.



ONA770 Stinging nettle and cyprus fibre

Company Grado Zero Espace developed blended fabrics containing stinging nettle and cyprus fibre.

Thanks to a special procedure, the cypress is turned into yarn with a count of 36/1 and containing 38% of cypress fibre. The yarn is turned in a mixed fabric containing 50% cotton, which has the same anti-bacterial, anti-mould, relaxing, deodorising properties of the cypress yarn. Specific tests, performed by a qualified external laboratory following the UNI EN ISO 20645, proved the antibacterial efficiency of a Cypress/Cotton fabric against Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus, with a reduction of the bacterial growth up to 60% and 85%, respectively.


NST109 Oysterplatt

Oesterplat is a tile collection made from marble and oyster shells, showing their mother-of-pearl shine as contemporary fossils.Oysters are increasingly popular as a delicacy, but are also cultivated for being excellent natural water filters. Designer Marjolein Stappers investigated yet another interesting feature of these versatile creatures. Struck by the beauty of their shells after savouring them at a restaurant, and noticing how they were thrown away as garbage, she came up with the idea for Oesterplat.The name Oesterplat has been given in relation to how the oysters are still grown here in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, people mainly do soil cultivation that is spread over the 1,550 ha of land in the Oosterschelde and 500 hectares in the Grevelingenmeer. Every year, this land supplies the Netherlands around 25 million oysters.



CER230 Merda Cotta

These ceramics, called Merdacotta, are made from cow dung and clay. Merdacotta consists for the most part of dried cow dung, mixed with Tuscan clay, straw and farm waste, in variable quantities. The methane and urea, which is what makes poo smell, are extracted, making the dung odourless.The result is a material similar to terracotta, but Merdacotta is lighter and more resilient to cold. The museum produces tiles, vases, flowerpots, benches, mugs and dishes. The tableware is covered with a non-lead transparent glaze and baked. When the pieces are baked at 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 degrees Farhenheit), the straw burns up, giving the products gaps and imperfections, like the terracotta before it became industrialised.


WOO418 Lignoloc wooden nails

Lignoloc nails are made of beech wood and offer an sustainable alternative to metal nails or glue. Beech wood was especially chosen as it is indigenous to Austria, where the company is situated, and because its straight growth gives it the most homogenous cell structure. The nails are available in lengths up to 90 mm. It is possible to drive the nails in with a hammer, without pre-drilling, as the hardness of the wooden nails is comparable to aluminium ones, but Beck recommends using their special LignoLoc pneumatic nailer, which generates a large amount of heat by friction and welds the nail with the surrounding wood.


ONA758 Handwoven carpet

Felice are hand-woven carpet modules made from 100% ecological sheep’s wool. The carpets come in different sizes, colours and designs, and can be combined and flexibly arranged, thanks to a Velcro-based system. Each module has two sides and can be re-laid, rotated, turned over or substituted at will. The various weave and colour variants have been fine-tuned with one another and can be pieced together, varied or supplemented as required. The carpets have a total of six variants and up to nine colour settings.


ONA405 Sea cork

Seacork is a material for heavy-duty light-weight use, particularly in marine environments. It is composed of 90% – 95% natural cork, with 5% – 10% polyurethane. A little cork powder is also added to the mixture. The PU is fitted with a milky saturation that completely closes any micro-pores, making the material completely waterproof. This also stops dirt from getting into the cork, meaning that it is much longer lasting too. It is produced under compression, using the PU as a glue to bond the material. Besides making the cork material sea-water resistant, it also makes it much stronger. Uses are mainly decking for boats, as it is cheaper and lighter than teak, as well as anti-slip, resilient and impact resistant.


PLA1169 Felt Acooustic panels

PET Felt Acoustic Panels are large sturdy sheets, soft to touch. The panels can be used in many scenarios such as wall and ceiling covering, in room dividers or custom installations.The Dots and Stripes templates are pre-designed templates that offer great sound absorption and aesthetics. They can be easily adjusted on top of a plain PET Felt Panel that is constructed from the same material, creating a double layered wall covering. The PET Felt Panels, the Dots template and the Stripes template are available in 10 different colour blends.


ONA753 Fibrimat

FibriMat is a range of 100% natural fibre nonwoven mats produced in France. The range includes bio-based reinforcements for composites, the underlay mat Feutralin, as well as other 100% natural fibre mats specially designed for various applications. The non-woven mats of are produced in weights ranging from 300 to 2400 g/m2 and in widths up to 2.9 m. Natural fibre mats are well-known for their acoustic and thermal insulation properties. Feutralin is 100% natural underlay that improves comfort and reduces noise transfer to other rooms by over 20dB*.  Fibrimat LCM is a range of 100% biosourced reinforcement mats developed for composite applications with LCM (Liquid Composite Moulding) processes, especially infusion, RTM and LRTM.


ONA754  Orange fiber

Orange Fiber is a silk-like yarn, made from repurposed citrus juice byproducts. When used in its purest form, the resulting 100% citrus textile features a soft and silky hand-feel, lightweight, and can be opaque or shiny according to production needs. The yarn can also be blended with other materials. The yarn is is produced from hundreds of thousands of tonnes of citrus peels, the so-called “pastazzo”, a byproduct of the juice industry that otherwise would be wasted. The result of the extraction is a polymer abt to be spun. Thanks to nanotechnology, the material still contains essential oils and vitamin C that are present in the citrus fruit peel, which nourishes the skin. The oils are guaranteed to last at least twenty washing cycles.


ONA751 Coquim coconut fibre

Coquim is made from coconut fibre and natural latex, the sap of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. The material is renewable and fully biodegradable. It can be used for a multitude of products, including pots, plates, and blankets. The material was initially developed to replace the popular Xaxim, also known as Dicksonia sellowiana, a fern plant native to the Atlantic Forest, which is used to make pots. However, because of intensive use, the plant is now included in the list of endangered species. Coquim has properties similar to Xaxim in retention of water and nutrients, and acts as a natural fungicide. The material is relatively waterproof, and the one of the few natural materials resistant to seawater.


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