About us


materials.cologne, the internationally renowned platform founded in 2018 for knowledge exchange, dialogue and networking on the topic of material innovation, design and product development, focuses on innovative materials, manufacturing methods and future technologies that will greatly change the design, production and use of products.

In the interactive live and online formats, you will meet renowned experts, learn about new materials and their applications, as well as the thinking behind them, and join in the discussions.

Design, materials and innovation help to make social, technical and economic progress possible, even in times of great crisis.


The materials.cologne team organises analogue and digital events and seminars. It presents materials and innovations.

- Materials Monday

- Specialised seminar: Design for Circularity

- Master Classes


Martin Beeh
Martin Beeh
Välinge Innovation Sweden AB, beeh_innovation (Initiator der materials.cologne)

Martin Beeh
Studies in Industrial Design (FH Darmstadt, ENSCI-Les Ateliers Paris) and Business Administration. Design Manager at Décathlon, Senior Industrial Designer and Design Manager in the Electrolux Industrial Design Team. General Manager of Material ConneXion Cologne. 2009 Foundation of beeh_innovation in Cologne. 2012 to 2015 Professor of Design Management at OWL University of Applied Sciences. 2021 Foundation of CIDI - Cologne Institute for Design and Innovation. Red Dot Product Design Award juror and member of the VDID.

Éric Falaise
Éric Falaise
Industriedesigner - Scrum Developper - Scrum Master I

Éric is an industrial designer and scrum master. Born in France, he has been actively working in Germany since 1998 and has been a member of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID e.V.) since 2005. His cooperation with beeh-innovation started intensively with his involvement in the organization of the Workshop Materials Cologne in March 2022, which took place at the DesignPost in Cologne.


KölnBusiness - the first point of contact for business in Cologne. Whether starting up or expanding, whether in questions of subsidies and financing, in communication with the city administration or in the search for commercial real estate: KölnBusiness provides support in all matters relevant to business and administration. As a municipal subsidiary, Köln Business Service offers us to participate in the success of materials.cologne beizutragen.
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