Material Matters February 2018

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In this month’s Material Matters, the experts at Material Lab explore surfaces with an element of the unique.

1. Exotic landscapes and magical murals underpin Modern Love’s collection for Tektura

The brainchild of Sarah Arnett and Kim Hunt, Modern Love hails from the world of high-end fashion, having designed collections for Liberty, as well as collaborating with Christian Dior and Escada. For their first foray into interior design, the creative duo has teamed up with Tektura to create a range of wall coverings, featuring landscapes inspired by ancient art, oriental pattern and African and Asian artefacts. In addition, these stunning patterns are also available as window films and acrylic panels.

Gold Stratos

2. All that glitters: Versital introduces Gold Stratos

The luxurious Gold Stratos by Versital comprises a hand-made solid surface material that combines a polyester resin with natural minerals, fillers and pigments. Also known as ‘cultured marble’ or ‘imitation marble’, each piece of the stain resistant and waterproof design is manufactured to order, allowing clients to specify exact sizes and colours, of which there are over 100 variations. The ‘Metallic Marbles’ collection simply oozes glamour and sophistication – the perfect match for both residential and commercial projects alike.

Volga Blue Close Up

3. Mayfair Granite’s Volga Blue enhances surface material through dramatic, iridescent tones

Although you’re probably familiar with granite as a material, you may not be as acquainted with its countless variations – many of which boast impactful, aesthetic benefits. Take Volga Blue, for example. Offered by Mayfair Granite, a combination of grey, white and blue tones catches the light for an unprecedented effect. This is not your average black granite – expect something that’s slightly out of the ordinary, and pair with a dusty pastel palette for powerful results.

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4. Nathan Allan’s handcrafted, ‘kiln formed’ glass guarantees bespoke beauty

In a fascinating process, Nathan Allan produces architectural glass for its design-led clients. Utilising a ‘kiln formed’ method of melting, individual moulds are formed and carved according to each project’s bespoke specification. During the melting process, the desired pattern is embossed into the glass, giving it a 3D surface shape. Suitable for various applications including feature walls, dividers, doors, facades and even staircases, a material perhaps once rarely considered robust now becomes a cornerstone of show-stopping décor.