13 November 2018


Composites in Design

Design Museum Gent

– 21 April 2019



Could new materials be the solution to current challenges such as climate change, mobility, and demographic change? The exhibition at the Design Museum Gent – “Fibre-Fixed. Composites in Design” – answers the question affirmatively with designers demonstrating new design possibilities using fibre-reinforced plastic.



Composite materials made of (natural) fibres and (bio-)plastics combine properties such as stiffness and lightness. Using them for car bodies, for example, could make for considerably lighter cars that use less fuel. If the fibres have a plant origin and are combined with biodegradable plastics, the material is even compostable. Curators Ignaas Verpoest and Lut Pil will use a range of projects from the past five years to highlight the potential of this type of material – demonstrating not only their technical advantages, but also their creative potential. Officina Corpuscoli, along with Our Own Skin, for example, developed the Caskia project for the exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” at MoMA. It uses the hyphae of mushrooms to grow a boot that can be used on Mars.

The exhibition scenography was created in collaboration with Envisions. Standing on a platform, visitors initially get an overview of the large number of objects on display. They then go down to a lower level to learn more about the materials, processes, and concepts of the projects showcased in the exhibition.


Nº 282

form Design Magazine

Aws4 request&x amz signedheaders=host&x amz signature=702a4e19dfecd7c24942f1aa223c48a61243c9ab0e473c44c82ef56af60fda9c Order now


Verlag form GmbH & Co. KG
Wildunger Straße 8
60487 Frankfurt am Main

T +49 69 153 269 430
F +49 69 153 269 431

Subscription Service

Questions to your subscription invoice, to our subscription program or a change of address?

T +49 69 153 269 438
F +49 69 153 269 439


Sign up now and get access to exclusive ticket draws, monthly news about the magazine as well as information on exciting design events and publications.

Sign up

Design Magazine
Established 1957