In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab explores surfaces made through high-quality craftsmanship. www.material-lab.co.uk
Apilada Vorachart proposes a recyclable material for the future
Apilada Vorachart is a Thai architect/designer/researcher with a multidisciplinary approach to projects concerning materials and the environment. Cornspan is a material first proposed in the ‘Material Futures’ Master Thesis called ‘From Chiang Mai’. The thesis seeks to develop economically attractive uses for corn waste so as to reduce the annual atmospheric haze effect in Chiang Mai province, Thailand, caused by the burning of agricultural corn waste (corn husks and cobs) after harvesting. These resulting panels can be used for sound and thermal insulation. Charcoal from corncobs can be added to give scent and moisture absorption qualities.
Johnson Tiles’ Ashlar range combines texture and a neutral colour palette for contemporary schemes
Created by Johnson Tiles to offer trend-led solutions for interiors with a difference, Ashlar captures the textural elements of nature for surfaces that are truly unique. The collection of matt ceramic wall and porcelain floor tiles, which utilise recycled material, are available in two sizes, 505x505mm and 600x300mm, and three calming tones of Warm Taupe, Crafted Grey and Weathered White. Ashlar adds a touch of sophistication and style to any contemporary environment.
Studio Ilio’s Fabio Hendry & Martijn Rigters explore The Colour of Hair
The Colour of Hair is an innovative process and printing technique that transforms abundant human hair into sustainable and resistant ink on a large variety of metals. Drawing inspiration from both old ceramic techniques and modern printing techniques – like etching and screen printing – locally sourced off-cuts from hairdressers are processed in different ways to create decorative patterns and images.
Olivia Aspinall offers a fresh approach to surface design through colour and skill
Olivia Aspinall Studio is an emerging surface design brand, offering fresh and exciting surface finishes for the interior design industry, characterised by colour, pattern and craftsmanship. Olivia founded the Nottingham-based studio in 2015, and has since worked on numerous bespoke projects, from a residential scheme with design duo, 2 Lovely Gays, to collaborating on the Everybody Campaign at Selfridges. Alongside offering a range of surfaces, the studio also runs a bespoke sampling service. All products are handmade in the UK.