Posts Tagged: Material

Material Lab’s new studio manager, Sam Wood

Meet Sam, the new studio manager at Material Lab. Responsible for running the day-to-day operations at the Great Titchfield Street studio, Sam joins from a buying role at Wickes, where he specialised in flooring, and then paint. When it comes to colour trends, he’s your man. With one month at the helm now firmly under… Read More >

28 August 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

Alumalux and the Dutch Walltextile Company

BCFA member Fameed Khalique’s Alumalux material reimagines classic herringbone parquet in opulent golden aluminium tiles. Design Insider will also look into the Dutch Walltextile Company, of whom Fameed Khalique represents. Fameed Khalique, luxury surface and textile designer, comments on both Alumalux and the Dutch Walltextile Company. Read on to explore their Alumalux material as well as what the Dutch… Read More >

21 September 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

Peeling back the surface of cork

Take yourself back to 1688 and imagine this conundrum; you’ve created a new form of carbonated wine made from the uncommonly used white grape, but you can’t keep those bubbles in. This was the scenario that French Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon found himself in. Having created what would turn out to be one of… Read More >

30 August 2018

All about Cork

As you may well be aware of by now, one of August’s themes has been Cork. The product – not the place. To celebrate this theme, we have featured Designer Michael Freedman speak about Cork usage in wallcoverings – the first ever cork wallcoverings that have been digitally printed on! Source: CorkQC About Cork Cork… Read More >

26 August 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

Material: Concrete with Jim Biddulph

Whilst there are various material ages of humankind, the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age to name a few, there is one material that not only built an entire empire, but literally laid the foundations for all of those to come. That material is concrete; a composite discovered some 8500 years ago and… Read More >

1 June 2018

Materials: A Clear View Of Glass

Whilst it’s difficult to accurately date the moment of creation of glass, like last months material of focus ceramic, the substance that we look through, onto and swipe on a daily basis is a truly ancient human invention. The 2 are closely related, sharing very similar constituent parts and production methods, as well as exuding… Read More >

8 May 2018

In Conversation with…Jordan Söderberg Mills

With Glass the material of focus for this month I took the opportunity to have a chat with Jordan Söderberg Mills, an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, design objects and an all round glass aficionado. His work is beguiling, at once visually arresting and yet sits on the very edge of our visual perception;… Read More >

10 April 2018

PRODUCT FOCUS: SAPHIRKERAMIK BY LAUFEN

As part of our ceramic focus this month, we are looking into how this material can be pushed forward and be used in more advanced ways in design, and there is no better example of this than the SaphirKeramic that Laufen created in 2013. We interviewed Emma Mottram, Marketing Manager at Laufen to find a bit… Read More >

5 March 2018

Turning the page on paper

Some 2000 years ago a material discovery was made. Paper was invented in China, with the earliest examples dating back as far as circa 180BC. Perhaps inspired by a similar material that was derived from the pressed and dried pith of papyrus plants, where its name actually stems from, paper is in fact made of… Read More >

1 March 2018