PROUD Materialist


We 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. We care as much about design as the materials that make it. We 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 work very closely with some of the most exciting materials out there, and we love working with creatives to push the boundaries of architecture and design. We have a deep understanding of the possibilities and limitations of lots of different materials. We bridge the gap between the people who make materials and the people who create with materials. 

We're not a consultant or agent and we're not sponsored or on commission. We love materials, so we find hundreds of interesting materials to inspire people in our library. Then, we select a few good manufacturers to partner with to bring materials to market and make sure the right material is matched with the right people, on the right project.

How we work


Introduce exciting new materials

We're always finding innovative materials. Pop in and explore our library.



Highlight product innovation

We know what materials are capable of and how far can they be pushed.



Provide solutions and support

We can connect you with the right people or the right intel to make the most of the materials we love.

What we do


We pick materials we love


We research materials


We supply some great materials


We find people who work with them