F/LIST’s bio-based Aenigma wins Red Dot Design Award


The F/LIST Futurelab team at the Austrian facility based in the southern town of Thomasberg. (credit: F/LIST)

F/LIST announces that its bio-based material Aenigma has been awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2023.

The international design competition recognised the material, which is used decoratively in aircraft interiors as the winner of the Product Design category. Aenigma was unveiled at NBAA-BACE 2022 and is the work of F/LIST’s multi-disciplinary innovation hub, the F/LAB (team pictured above). The material is produced by fusing traditional jewellery techniques and aerospace technology with chemistry to combine elements as varied as stone by-products and ground mother-of-pearl.

Melanie Prince, head of Innovation F/LIST, said: “The incredible blend has evolved into a technical, glamorous material that would be as at home on the catwalk as on the runway. With this material, we are only scratching the surface; the market potential for customers is endless.”

Possibilities for the material’s design include: metallic manta ray skin, geometric patterns and textured glowing surfaces. It can be customised with colour, texture, and thickness for use on any surface. Aenigma is made from a combination of high-performance fibers and a special resin matrix that provide excellent resistance to wear, tear, and impact.

Katharina List-Nagl, CEO of F/LIST, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award. It is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence in design. We are proud to offer our customers a material that combines cutting-edge technology with outstanding performance and is also sustainable.”