In 2010, researchers developed a method where a sheet of composite material can self-fold when an electrical current is passed through it. In 2011, researchers were able to get a polymer sheet to shelf-fold when exposed to light.
Non Plus Ultra: the Interior Innovation Award 2013's 'Best of Best'
‘LightBeton’ from Richter Furniertechnik is an innovative new composite material, which looks like solid concrete, but is, in fact, consists of melamine-resin-coated chipboard coated with a mere 3mm of concrete. Its applications are numerous
Hemp Chairs - Natural fiber composite meets design at Ventura Lambrate’s ‘Poetry Happens’ exhibition. Berlin-based designer/architect Werner Aisslinger, designed Hemp Chair the first monobloc chair designed using natural fibers that have been molded under heat using a special eco-friendly resin, resulting in a sustainable composite material. The project is supported and is in cooperation with the German chemical company BASF.
Wood-Skin: Composite material that's strong like wood, flexible like fabric (Video)
"Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) is an innovative composite material made from a concrete matrix and textile reinforcement by glass or carbon, which permits the production of extremely light and slender components. Beyond that the flexible reinforcement makes it possible to create free forms and geometries.", Institut für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen
Glasser Advanced Composite Violin Bow, Standard 3/4 Size by Glasser. $99.99. These bows combine the finest composite materials and high-tech computerized design. The shafts feature the resilience and the liveliness of wood while retaining strength, stiffness, and consistency for years. They will never warp or need recambering like wood bows. Full German Silver lined ebony frog with Parisian eye. Imitation leather grip. High grade white horsehair. Made in U.S.A.