PROUD Materialist


They care about what a building looks like, what a product feels like. The impact on the people that use it, the texture when you touch it. They care as much about design as the materials that make it. They celebrate the brilliant and fight the bland. Materialism is the difference between choosing a material that will 'do the job' and the material that will 'make the job'. Between good and great, bland and brilliant.

Surface Matter are Proud Materialists.

We are passionate about well-made spaces that stand the test of time and make you want to hang around a little longer. We bridge the gap between the creatives who push the boundaries of architecture and design and the joiners and makers who are so good at bringing materials to life.

Surface Matter partners with some of the most interesting material manufacturers out there to offer a unique range of surfaces - from sheets made of recycled paper to panels that play with light. We support designers and makers by working through projects, giving out samples of our materials, supplying the actual sheet material and offering technical and fabrication information.

Our love of materials drove us to create a materials library in London Fields that's open for architects, designers, creatives and material enthusiasts to explore. Some of our core materials are available in stock from our UK warehouse, or can be made to order. Any we don't supply we'll happily connect you with.

How we work


Find something interesting

We love interesting materials. Our library has hundreds of materials from small samples to larger sheet formats or as used in our studio furniture. Pop-in and explore our collection.



Let's talk materials

We know our materials inside-out and can help you understand how they're made, what they can and can't do, and how to get the best from them.



Interested in the long-term

We connect exciting materials to the right people on the right projects for a material solution that lasts.

What we do


inspiring materials


material solutions and info


distribute innovative surfaces


we know super-skilled fabricators