Color, material and finish (CMF) reports and toolkits inspire strategic design

Aesthetics are an important factor in choosing a product, which is why CMF is a key element of design. Together with Chris Lefteri Design, we’re inspiring new and creative ways to apply CMF in product designs with two CMF trends brochures and aesthetic toolkits.

New tools help designers shape the future with CMF

Our brochures give designers an inside look at upcoming CMF trends in color, pattern and texture across the automotive and the electronics, electrical and appliances industries.  

For example, as sustainable consumerism continues to grow, the automotive industry is incorporating this trend in product designs by increasing the use of recycled plastics, reducing energy consumption and carbon footprints, and more. Most advanced plastics with recycled content are produced in black or grey—making black the new green. 

The brochures highlight materials with natural texture, aesthetics and rich details, which deliver added comfort and relaxation. All color information in the brochures is described using the RAL color standard.

We are a leading material supplier, but our value goes beyond providing the materials alone. Through this cooperation with Chris, we look forward to inspiring more collaborators to create and realize aesthetic, efficient and inspiring designs, ultimately providing added value to our customers.

Dr. Christopher Stillings

Head of Color & Design (CMF) – Polycarbonates, Covestro

To further inspire designers, we also launched a set of aesthetics toolkits, which showcase the CMF trends by different polycarbonate material grades, depending on industry, application, color, texture and functionality (e.g., light diffusion, transparency). The new toolkit features 24 trendy colors, and helps designers understand the properties of polycarbonates while capturing the visual effects of different combinations to effectively and efficiently bring designs from concept to reality.  

Covestro offers a combination of expertise that spans materials and industries. This cooperation is a perfect opportunity for us to broaden our market scope and expand how materials are applied in the design process.

Chris Lefteri

Head of Chris Lefteri Design and world-renowned leading authority on materials and their application in design

Color and design expertise with a global footprint

With world-class color development and a team of in-house designers, we can help customers better engage consumers through CMF design—thanks to the visual, tactile, haptic, mechanical, aesthetic and functional properties of polycarbonates.

Our intention in conducting CMF trend research and analysis is to inspire and collaborate with designers in various industries. Besides, as a material company, we have the capability to transfer design trends into materials with the possibilities to bring ideas to life!

Emily Shi

Business Development Manager Color & Esthetics - Global Color & Design – Polycarbonates, Covestro

Our CMF team has a global impact, with six Color & Design Centers around the world that enable us to provide designers with a variety of CMF solutions. We are also bringing the material experience to the digital space through a virtual sample library.

Keep up with future trends!

Download our 2021-2022 CMF trend outlook.

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New trends in automotive will present challenges that require new CMF solutions. Covestro is the perfect partner for OEMs that need inspiration in combining high-tech materials with aesthetic appeal.

We are leaders where polycarbonate meets light, color, and texture surface. Our materials offer unique solutions to future automotive applications.

Ciro Piermatteo

Global Automotive Interior Manager at Covestro

Key Benefits

  • Inspiration: The trend brochures help designers uncover new ways to apply CMF.
  • Flexibility: Polycarbonate has a high degree of flexibility to adapt to the CMF trend.
  • Functionality: Polycarbonate can achieve functionality while presenting creative visual effects.


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