Material Matters

In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab explore alternatives to traditional materials.

EGGER (Above)

Utilising the latest in technological advances, EGGER Interior Decors offers an extensive range of laminates that are certain to impress. Designed and manufactured to be used in both residential and commercial applications, EGGER laminates are scratch resistant, impact resistant and wear resistance. Easily processed and versatile, the Interior Decors collection offers a myriad of design aesthetics, ranging from plain colours to marble. Due to the high standard of hygiene and cleanliness, EGGER laminates are particularly suitable for restaurants and hospitality projects. Photo credit: 2018 Nicola Venturuzzo.


That’s Caffeine

Inspired by the ideology of sustainability and the amount of coffee related waste, That’s Caffeine is a material made directly from coffee grounds. A product of award-winning industrial designer, Atticus Durnell, That’s Caffeine hopes to change people’s perceptions of waste. That’s Caffeine is a sustainable, biodegradable material based on used coffee grounds, which looks very similar to marble or granite. With the potential to replace many concrete and aggregate based materials, That’s Caffeine can be used for worksurfaces along with internal and external cladding. In addition, the material can also be formed into furniture, lighting and fittings.


Karndean Designflooring

Inspired by traditional Moroccan and medieval Spanish architecture, the new designs, Casablanca and Marrakesh, will be joining Karndean’s Kaleidoscope range of bespoke flooring. These latest introductions have been inspired by the artistic techniques of traditional Moroccan architecture, brought to the Iberian Peninsula during the 8th century. The creative design is available in two subtle yet striking colourways and offers a modern interpretation of these iconic patterns.



Created by multi-disciplinary designer, Orla Lawn, Spelk combines modern engineered materials with traditional techniques from textiles and woodwork. Inspired by the luxurious marble veneers of early 20th century interiors, Spelk is a fresh take on decorative plywood panelling. Through this colourful handcrafted finishing technique, a common building material is transformed into an elegant and engaging surface finish.