Material Matters

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In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab explore innovative surfaces that challenge existing material technology.

Piñatex is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre. The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, making this a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty-free material. Piñatex can be used as a sustainable alternative to leather in footwear, fashion accessories, clothing, interior furnishing and automotive upholstery. The material is made from fibre drawn from the leaves of the pineapple plant. These leaves are discarded from the pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.


Specially developed for interior, furniture, fashion, architectural and display design purposes, SIBU offers a plethora of 100% synthetic PVC-free surfaces. SIBU offers a wide range of aesthetics and expertly combines durability, cleanability and flexibility to create a truly versatile material.


Biohm develop natural, intelligent and multi-tasking materials to replace those currently used in construction for a healthier and more sustainable future. Working with different types of mycelium, Biohm creates sustainable alternatives to some of the construction industry’s most damaging materials. As mycelium consumes organic and synthetic waste to grow, innovative alternatives like Biohm could have highly significant implications for ridding our planet of synthetic waste.



Constantly working to develop innovative coating technology, Vado individual finishes are produced with state-of-the-art PVD (physical vapour deposition) technology. Available in seven finishes, this adds further protection to bathroom brassware compared to electro-plating or powder coating. PVD offers greater protection against temperatures, defends against corrosive substances and offers greater resistance to marks and scratches.