Aart van Bezooijen founded Material Stories to bridge the gap between the materials industry and world of design. Paula Raché supports in projects involving graphic, packaging and exhibition design.
Aart loves exploring and testing alternative materials that can contribute to a more sustainable future.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch industrial designer with an obsession for materials. His path has, therefore, always been material orientated starting with a materials selection support tool for designers — the Material Explorer — which was included in his Master's degree in Industrial Design from the Delft University of Technology (2002) and nominated by the Danish INDEX: Design To Improve Life organization.
Truthful to the Dutch's conceptual approach to design, Aart started working as a design consultant at PARK Advanced Design Management in 2003 and in 2005 decided to fully focus on his passion by driving the launch of Material Explorer with the support of Materia. He then founded Material Stories, offering consultancy services that would bridge the gap between the materials industry and the world of design.
Ever so often, he reports about European material and design events on publications such as Core77 Design Network, among others. Based in Hamburg, Aart is also a Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and is nurturing an ongoing documentation towards a Material Collection with the platform MAKE.
Paula focuses on connecting design with society to encourage critical and creative thinking.
Paula Raché is a graphic designer and researcher born in Berlin. Paula works as freelance designer and focuses on connecting design with society to encourage people's critical and creative thinking. She joins Material Stories for projects that include graphic, packaging and exhibition design.
FRIENDS AND CLIENTS
Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), Award Service, bayern design, Bayern Innovativ, Beiersdorf, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Concordia Design, Core77 Design Network, Danish Design Centre, Delft University of Technology, design for human nature, designxport, Deutsche Messe, form magazine, Fraunhofer Society, Grassi Museum, Hyundai and KIA Motors, iF Design, Institut für Universal Design, Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Mutter design consultants, O2 Global Network for Sustainable Design, Panatom, PARK advanced design management, Peter Schmidt Group, Red Dot, Royal Ahrend, SYN Stiftung, University of the Arts Bremen, Viva con Agua, Zieta Prozessdesign, 360 Inspiration