News and blog posts in the ‘Materials’ category
Polymers / Project reports / Signage
Project report: NIKE ‘House of Innovation’ brand markBrad Turner. July 26, 2019.
As part of the group’s mission to reimagine everything that is NIKE retail, Materials Council were commissioned to help design the iconic ‘Swoosh’ that adorns their latest New York flagship store.
Ceramics / Metals / Natural / Shading / Sustainability / Textiles
Wellbeing and design: materials for healthy interiorsBrad Turner. January 4, 2019.
Greater efforts are being made to create not just less harmful environments but ones that are positively healthy. In this article we take a look at how the wider trend for wellbeing and wellness are manifesting in our interior spaces, and the materials and products being developed to improve the healthiness of those environments.
Cladding / Metals / Project reports
Project report: Conrad Shawcross and C.F. Møller ‘Optic Cloak’Brad Turner. June 7, 2018.
Helping convert unsightly chimney stacks into a striking public art-piece, Materials Council worked with British sculptor Conrad Shawcross to select the materials and finishes that would produce the dazzling Optic Cloak.
Bio-plastic workshops / Bio-polymers / Sustainability
Bio-plastic workshop at the Design MuseumBrad Turner. January 2, 2018.
This summer we’ve been indulging our love of making and materials by running DIY bio-plastic workshops.
Facades / Masonry / Project reports
Project report: Squire and Partners ‘Kingwood’ brickworkBrad Turner. June 16, 2017.
A project demonstrating a synthesis of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary digital fabrication techniques to establish a modern vernacular; Materials Council was tasked by Squire and Partners to find a manufacturing process and partner that could execute their design of extreme tolerances.
Concrete / Materials / Natural / Reports / Sustainability / Timber
Wacky vernackyBrad Turner. June 6, 2016.
The use of vernacular and natural materials in construction is not just the reserve of hemp-wearing eco-warriors and their Hobit homes. In this article, originally published in Artworks Journal, Materials Council looks at innovative projects employing these more traditional materials in place of the glass, steel and concrete that homogenise the built environment across the globe.
Materials / Reports / Textiles
Expo Milano 2015 materials tour: textileBrad Turner. December 14, 2015.
In the fourth and final post in our whirlwind materials tour of Expo Milano 2015 we wrap up, literally, by looking at the textile pavilions.
Application / Ceramics / Cladding / Flooring / Materials / Mosa / Production tours
Mosa porcelain tiles production tourBrad Turner. December 7, 2015.
Materials Council visited the Maastricht facility of Mosa, The Netherlands’ last remaining porcelain tile manufacturer, to see first-hand the advanced production employed there.
Materials / Natural / Reports / Timber
Expo Milano 2015 materials tour: woodBrad Turner. November 24, 2015.
In this the third post of our four part tour of Milano Expo 2015 we explore the wooden pavilions of the show.
Application / Facades / Glass / Materials / Polymers / Shading / Smart / Textiles
So Transparent: Crystal Palace reloadedBrad Turner. November 20, 2015.
Zaha Hadid, Grimshaw and Rogers, Stirk + Harbour are among the shortlisted architects recently selected to put forward designs to recreate London’s iconic Crystal Palace. Materials Council explores the materials and technologies a modern day interpretation could employ.