1. Abaca

    Abaca (Musa textilis) is a tree-like herb resembling the banana in appearance. The leaves of abaca...
  2. Buri palm

    Buri (Corypha elata) is the largest palm endemic in the Philippines. It is one of the...
  3. Coco coir

    Coco coir or the coconut fiber comes from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), basically from the...
  4. Coconut palm

    Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is abundant anywhere in the Philippines at any time of the year....
  5. Coconut shell

    Coconut shell is a material from the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). The shell...
  6. Cogon grass

    Cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), also called silver hair grass or sword grass, belongs to the sweet grasses...
  7. Giant Bamboo

    Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper) belongs to the family of sweet grasses. It is one of the...
  8. Gmelina

    Gmelina (Gmelina arborea) is a fast growing plant, which grows on different localities and prefers moist...
  9. Lampakanay

    Lampakanay (Typha orientalis) is widely distributed all over the Philippine archipelago. It is abundant in low...
  10. Raffia

    Raffia comes from the young shoot or leaf of the buri palm. Two qualities of Raffia...
  11. Rattan

    Rattan (Calamus javensis), is a climbing vine abundant specifically in the southern part of the Philippines....
  12. Water hyacinth

    Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant endemic to tropical and sub-tropical areas. With...

Materials need to be seen, touched and played for new ideas to blossom and to motivate designers and product
developers to work with new elements that transform imaginations into design innovations.

Cebu – being the Philippine hub of creativity and the home of the design curious, a playground for exploring, discovering and getting inspirations from – inspired the shaping of a creative facility by three organizations dedicated to cultivating a culture of research and development: Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), Department of Science and Technology Region 7 (DOST 7), and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP).

This is the Materials Library – a resource center serving as a response to the need of the creative sectors for new material development and innovation.

Materials Library is a work in progress as gathering and sourcing of materials continues from rural, countryside and indigenous communities around the Philippine archipelago and even beyond. It is tangible, dynamic and useful – offering swatches of indigenous and imported materials, and handpicked books on natural substances, technologies and eco-design.

An online database is also currently in the works, linking materials and suppliers. This contains a supplier’s data bank and a map of material sources around the country.

The Materials Library is conveniently housed at DOST Science and Technology Center in Banilad, Cebu City.
It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM.