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Efrat Barak
Materials & Design Innovation

Light transmitting material

Bio

An expert in material innovation with a multidisciplinary approach emphasizing on design thinking, sustainability and industrial needs. A creative professional experienced in consulting, strategy, knowledge and work processes management, lecturing and more. Efrat’s unique perspective comes from her vast combined knowledge in the fields of materials, technology, environment, industry and design.

Former Director of Aharon Feiner Eden Materials Library at Design Museum Holon. Efrat has years of experience in the fields of materials and design, researching and showcasing developments, trends, case studies and traditions in the field of materials, as well as consulting and advising for independent designers, innovation and R&D teams from leading companies, entrepreneurs, students and faculty.

Over the years Efrat has collaborated and built connections with numerous local and global companies and startups who develop, produce and implement innovation in materials, as well as academia and individual professionals, embassies and non-profit organizations.   

Lecturer and panelist in conferences and professional events, a guest lecturer in academia for BA and MBA students. Curator of material innovation exhibitions, writer, and organizer of professional events showcasing thought provoking material innovations by local and global designers, architects, startups and manufactures.

B.Design Industrial Design, HIT Holon Institute of Technology (2010)

Strategy Consulting & Business Development: Avi Sagi

Efrat Barak Materials and Design innovation consultant

Consulting, research and lectures for the development and implementation of Material Innovation based on Design Thinking. Suitable for start-ups, entrepreneurs, companies from the manufacturing industries, academia and professionals who wish to overcome challenges and innovate through identification, research and assimilation of innovation in materials.

Consulting:

  • Material Discovery - Broad scope review and direction, best for projects in early stages

  • Material Research - Direction for innovative, efficient and sustainable material solutions.


Lectures:
Material rising | Inspired by Nature | Introduction to Biomaterials | Sustainable Materials | Material trend review, and more

Crystal textile
Colorful polymers

Publications

Selected articles:
Extreme Materials | Materials trends and global changes”, “Synthetic fruit and genetic engineering: Science fiction or Design?” (Heb), “Folds and structures: Science turns to Origami” (Heb). Design Museum Holon’s Magazine (2015-2020)

"Material innovation for the construction industry" book by Adi Mager, Founder of "IRMI - The Israeli Raw Materials Resource Forum for the Construction and Infrastructure Industries". (2020)

Material re-union-re-cycle” interview and cover of “Extreme Lab” by Naama Riva. (Haaretz, Nov 2020, Heb)

Exhibitions

Curator:

"Extreme Lab" category of "State of Extremes" (2020) exhibition at Design Museum Holon. Curators: Aric Chen, Maya Dvash and Azinta Plantenga.


"Working Together: Design and Engineering" (2019) exhibition at Design Museum Holon. In collaboration with Dyson.


"Vision Test" category of "Overview" (2017) exhibition at Design Museum Holon, exploring vision and optics trough Design and technology. Chief Curator Maya Dvash.


"Material Shading: Covering the City" category of "Urban Shade" (2015) exhibition at Design Museum Holon. Chief Curators Martin Weyl and Galit Gaon.

Co-Curator:

"Smart Materials, Stupid Materials" (2016) exhibition at HIT - Holon Institute of Technology "Vitrina" Gallery. Chief Curator Shlomit Bauman.

Coated plastic bottel and Beduwin Goat-hair textile
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