Material Matters January 2018

In this month’s Material Matters, the experts at Material Lab highlight the latest innovations in surface design.

1. Mimai Lazulite applies traditional techniques to contemporary design

You may think gilded glass is reserved only for traditional design schemes, but Mimai Lazulite aims to alter this perception. Creating bespoke, handmade surfaces using decorative technique, Verre Églomisé, contemporary geometric patterns are formed using gold, silver or metal leaf. The rejuvenation of the craft provides extra depth and perspective, with finishes in various colours.


2. Stephen Johnson urges us to PLAY more

As adults, the opportunity to ‘play’ is minimal. Often the free time we once had to explore and imagine is replaced with more pressing matters. But designer Stephen Johnson believes we should make more time for this type of hands-on exploration. Boasting strength and rigidity when set, PLAY is a series of objects featuring colourful synthetic dough – inspired by the type we played with as children. Offering ‘innovative freedom’, spontaneity is highly encouraged. As well as the collection, which features domed pendant lights, the dough can help to bind contrasting materials, such as wood and metal, marble and glass.

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3. Karndean Designflooring advances luxury vinyl tile market with Korlok

Korlok is Karndean Designflooring’s latest easy-to-install development in luxury vinyl tile flooring, suitable for both residential and commercial applications. It consists of 12 new authentic designs and is inspired by European and North American woods. Korlok can be used with underfloor heating and offers a 15-year commercial guarantee, making it ideal for an array of environments including offices, apartments and student accommodation. Additional benefits include noise reduction and ‘drop and lock’ technology for simple installation.


4. Mur De Reve offers the custom wall of your dreams

If you’ve ever struggled to find a product to match your creative vision, Mur De Reve is here to help. Offering eye-catching textured and coloured finishes for interior and exterior walls and surfaces, panels, partitions, doors, furniture and lighting can all be transformed to suit your unique requirements. Both water repellent and weather resistant, Mur De Reve uses a breathable, silicone-based topcoat render made with an organic binder. Installation takes between three and eight days and prices start from £180 per square metre.