Material

Jim Biddulph & Laura Perryman in Conversation

A love for materials and keen interest in contemporary technologies has led Laura Perryman along an interesting and fairly unique path within the world of design. Having studied Printed Textiles at Loughborough University and then at the RCA, Laura was picked up by big name tech brands such as Nokia and later trend agencies like… Read More >

22 February 2019

Material Explorations for 2019

Having ushered in another new year with a collective desire for new dawns, fresh beginnings and positive change perhaps stronger than ever before, it’s worth taking note of developments that are occurring in the world of materials; they are after all the building blocks of our physical world. Altrock is material that looks back in… Read More >

29 January 2019

Leather Under Wraps

Once again, this month we are focusing on a material that has a long lineage and an everlasting presence in the canons of human history; leather. Whilst it may now be seen as relatively primitive and to some, even barbaric, the decision of the first Homo Sapiens to try and utilise the hide of animals,… Read More >

26 November 2018

Warming up with wool

October is always a time of change. Leaves transforming through every warm shade until finally turning brown and untethering from their source signal the beginning of colder times and shorter days. As we dig out winter layers and dust off waterproofs we might take a moment to give thanks to a material that has protected… Read More >

28 October 2018

Working with Wood by Tim Gosling

Timber is our material focus during September. We spoke with British furniture designer Tim Gosling about his innovative use of timber alongside exciting inorganic materials. It was Tim’s material selection that caught the eye of of the Furniture Makers Company earning him a Bespoke Guild Mark for the Gosling carbon fibre lounge tub chair and a finalist in the… Read More >

5 September 2018

The ever-flowing history of paint

Like many of the materials we’ve already focused on this year, paint is another that we have a very deep connection with as a species. The early origins of paint takes us back 100,000 years, when Ochre was used to make a paint-like mixture to adorn the walls of caves. Since its inception, paint has… Read More >

31 July 2018

MATERIALS: LIVING WITH PLASTIC

Plastic is a huge problem. final. But…. it is also an amazing material at the same time helping us to create amazing products, being the sole solution to most human technologies. We have seen the devastating affects plastic is having on our oceans and wildlife through countless documentaries. With the BBC’s Blue Planet II really hitting… Read More >

29 June 2018

Jim Biddulph in conversation with Shahar Livne

With a specific focus on plastic, and the release of our short documentary Materials, Living with plastic this month, it seemed fitting to talk to a designer who has explored the material and speculated upon it’s changing impact. Israeli-born and Eindhoven based designer Shahar Livne is a graduate of the Man + Leisure program at… Read More >

29 June 2018