May Material Matters 2017

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In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab explores a selection of surfaces that are out of the ordinary.

Tektura Walltalkers – wallcoverings that let your walls do the talking
The writing is well and truly on the wall with Tektura’s latest bestselling surface design, which allows users to create giant mood boards through a magnetic surface and annotation-friendly whiteboard finish. Available per linear metre, the material provides a stellar solution for offices and the hospitality industry. Installation is as easy as applying a standard commercial wallcovering, and Walltalkers can be hung horizontally or vertically to allow for optimum writing area.

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Designers Scaffidi & Johansen are ahead of the curve with 3000 Njord
By taking a key design trend and turning it on its head, Scaffidi and Johansen pair straight lines with delicate curves for 3000 Njord. Comprising a stylish and comfortable armchair, the wood is worked into an unusually slender frame, whilst the seat shell, entirely made of anthracite polyester felt, seduces with its organic design and the soft touch of its materiality. With four internationally recognised design awards already under their belt, the duo’s Njord armchair is guaranteed to turn heads.


Vyva Fabrics launch fireproof Kintyre and Kilkenny ranges
Specialising in sustainable, environmentally-friendly collections of fabrics, Vyva  has launched the new Kilkenny and Kintyre ranges of 100% natural, flame-retardant products. Made of linen, cotton and viscose, the fabrics are both practical and aesthetically stunning for a wide range of projects in a variety of sectors.

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Conor Taylor offers bold new take on timber for Foresso
Foresso designer Conor Taylor has invented a new way to repurpose British timber for an original take on traditional terrazzo. Seeing extremely high-quality wood regularly wasted in enormous quantities during processing provided his main inspiration. Delicate curls of planed wood and pieces of timber would, due to their unusual size or shape, regularly be pulped for filler or fuel. Foresso reclaims these components and fashions them into a material that recreates the aesthetic of traditional terrazzo, with a rich grain and hand-of-the-maker quality.