April Material Matters 2017

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In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab explores surfaces that revolutionise the most humble of materials. www.material-lab.co.uk

INDI promotes responsible design through 90% recyclables
INDI is a Lithuanian design studio that creates original lighting and decorative objects. Its key mission is to encourage designers to foster green design and responsible consumption. Created from sustainable material, INDI contains 90% recycled paper. INDI design is distinguished by its visual illusion, sustainability, and minimal and pure style. The resulting material appears as though it has been made of concrete, however its lightness provides the freedom to experiment with shapes and forms for which common concrete would be too heavy.


Cork Fabric by Granorte transforms a humble material into something truly unique
Granorte is a Portuguese company, founded in 1972 to recycle the cork waste from the cork stopper manufacturing industry. Its innovative Cork Fabric is just one of the many ways it transforms the humble material into something truly different. It also offers a complete range of cork products, from granulated to agglomerated cork, wall and floor coverings. Cork itself is a natural, renewable and environmentally friendly material that has stellar sound and thermal insulating properties.


Kaleidoscope by Karndean Designflooring boasts over 100 colourways for individuality
The launch of the new Kaleidoscope collection by Karndean Designflooring promises the brand’s most innovative and intricate designs to date. With geometric design still very much on-trend, the collection has been created with architects, interior designers and flooring contractors in mind. Offering complete flexibility, Kaleidoscope features six designs as standard, and over 100 colour options. The range also introduces block colourways, which give designers the ability to specify bright colours against authentic wood and stone vinyl designs.


KOURASANIT UK offers an alternative option for surface design through its colourful terrazzo
Through a daring combination of materials, KOURASANIT’s terrazzo combines colourful cobbles with crushed aggregates of varied grain sizes, before mixing with coloured hydraulic mortars, hydrated lime and non-alkaline cement, to create high-quality floors, bespoke countertops, washbasins and washbasin benches. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces, and specifically designed for areas with high footfall, KOURASANIT breaks the mould of surface design.